Waste collection

Queensland Waste Levy: what you need to know

As of 1 July 2019, the Queensland Government will reintroduce a Waste Disposal Levy, bringing the state into line with all other mainland states (New South Wales, Western Australia, Victoria and South Australia) as well as the ACT, most of which have had waste levies in place for a number of years.

What is a Waste Levy?

A waste levy is essentially a state government tax charged per tonne of general waste disposed of at a landfill site.

Why have a waste tax?

The Queensland Government has reintroduced a waste tax as part of its draft Waste Management and Resource Recovery strategy, which is intended to improve the sustainability of the state’s waste management processes.

According to the Queensland Government, the waste tax aims to:   

  1. encourage waste avoidance
  2. reduce waste to landfill
  3. provide a source of funding to enable better resource recovery practices
  4. provide certainty and security of feedstocks for advanced technology
  5. facilitate industry investment in resource recovery infrastructure

The use of a waste tax to underpin the state’s waste management and resource recovery strategy is consistent with the strategies of the other states and territories.

Where does the waste tax apply?

The waste tax applies to 39 out of 77 Queensland local government areas, located from Port Douglas south and approximately 300km inland. This levy zone covers around 90% of the Queensland population.

What does the waste tax mean for you?

The Queensland Government’s reintroduction of the waste tax means that there may be an increase in the price of waste collection services as of 1 July 2019. For SUEZ customers, waste tax charges will be clearly stated on their invoices.

What are the waste tax rates?

The waste tax applies to general waste streams - municipal solid waste, commercial and industrial (C&I) waste, and construction and demolition (C&D) waste – as well as regulated (or hazardous) waste. More information about the waste levy rates can be found on the Queensland Government website. Some landfill operators may also charge an administration fee.

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