28 Jun ARE YOU LEVY READY? Waste Levy Starts 1st July 2019
The Queensland Government is introducing a levy on waste going to landfill from 1 July 2019.
The levy is part of a new waste strategy for Queensland to increase recycling and resource recovery and reduce waste.
The levy will encourage business and industry to reduce, reuse and recycle more, only sending waste that cannot be recovered to landfill.
Queensland is the only mainland state without a waste levy. The new levy is about reducing waste to landfill and increasing recycling and resource recovery.
Businesses are encouraged to look at how they can reduce waste, separate waste streams and recycle more to help reduce waste disposal costs.
Residents are encouraged to boost their recycling efforts by finding out what recycling opportunities are available in their local government area.
Around 10.9 million tonnes of waste was produced in 2017-18 in Queensland, enough to fill almost 9,000 Olympic sized swimming pools. The amount of waste we produce is also growing faster than our population.
Queensland is a major underperformer in recycling and resource recovery with more than half (55per cent) of our waste ending up in landfill.
The waste levy encourages our community to consider how we can make simple changes in everyday life to reduce the heavy burden of waste on our beautiful natural environment, the Southern Great Barrier Reef, our wildlife, and our own health.
Find out more at www.qld.gov.au/wasterecovery