Farmers and businesses in the Bundaberg Region are being encouraged to have an early spring clean and save money before the new State Government waste levy begins on 1 July.
Council’s waste and recycling portfolio spokesman, Cr Scott Rowleson, said landfill operators will be required to pay the levy to the Queensland Government based on the amount of waste disposed of to landfill.
The State Government levy does not apply to recyclable materials or household municipal solid waste.
“The Queensland Government’s waste levy will be passed on to commercial customers who dispose of waste at Council’s waste management facilities or waste transfer stations,” Cr Rowleson said.
“Commercial customers are encouraged to source separate recyclable materials to reduce the impact of the Queensland Government’s Waste Levy on their operations.
“The cost increases for businesses, including agricultural businesses, will be significant.”
The state levy on waste going to landfill is charged at $82.50 per tonne, including GST, for general waste (municipal solid waste, commercial and industrial, construction and demolition).
Higher state waste levies of $115.50 and $170.50 per tonne, including GST, will apply for some industrial and chemical waste.
Cr Rowleson said businesses could avoid the State Government levy by cleaning up now and disposing of waste before 1 July.
“An early spring clean could save thousands of dollars for larger operators,” he said.
For more information about the State Government waste levy visit the Government website.
Council is spending $1.4 million installing a weighbridge and other infrastructure to assist with a smooth transition to the State Government levy, which will be funded with the assistance of State Government levy-ready grants.
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