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Council Connections - Mayor's Message 12 June 2019

12th June 2019

Mayor Warns of Significant Increase in Waste Disposal Fee

Council has adopted new waste disposal fees effective as of 1 July 2019 with significant increases reflected on the disposal of all commercial waste streams.

The increase in charges reflects the administration of the Queensland Governments Waste Disposal Levy whereby operators of waste facilities are required to pay $75.00 per tonne to the State Government for all waste disposed to landfill, in addition to operational gate fees.

The Waste Disposal Levy is part of the State Government’s new waste strategy to minimise waste to landfill and to increase recycling and resource recovery. It is proposed that monies raised through the levy collection will enable the State Government to fund strategies designed at new industry in recycling and determination of new markets for such industries.

It is proposed that the Levy will increase by $5.00 per tonne annually until 2022.

Whilst all commercial waste disposal charges will rise on 1 July 2019, households disposing of purely domestic waste, either through kerbside bin collection or direct to a waste transfer facility, will not incur the Levy costs at this stage.

Levy disposal fees will not be added to Council’s Domestic Waste Fees on 1 July 2019 as the State Government will be advancing Council’s the cost of the Levy as its commitment to ensuring households are not affected. Domestic Waste Disposal Fees and Charges will remain the same as the previous year.

On a brighter note, Council has resolved to dispense with fees associated with the disposal of spent oil. Oil discharge will be free.

A complete list of the updated Waste Disposal Fees that come into effect on 1 July 2019 is available on Council’s website, Waste Facilities page.

Need to print the Council Connections page? Click on the link below for the printable version. 

COUNCIL CONNECTIONS - 12 JUNE 2019

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