Waste Levy 2019

The Queensland Government is developing a new resource, recovery and waste strategy to help reduce the disposal of waste to landfill, increase recycling rates and recover valuable resources.

The centrepiece of the strategy will be a waste disposal levy.

Who is introducing the levy?

The Queensland Government is introducing the waste levy.

When does the levy commence?

The current proposal is for the waste levy to commence on July 1, 2019.

What does the levy mean for Cairns households?

The levy does not apply to kerbside (wheelie bin) or self-hauled residential waste.

What does the levy mean for business?

Businesses in the Cairns  Region will incur the waste levy. For businesses to minimise paying the waste levy, they will need to reduce waste generation and recycle as much as possible. Further information on business recycling opportunities.

How much is the levy?

The proposed levy rate will start at $75 per tonne, GST exc. Information on the proposed levy rates.

Where in Queensland will the levy apply?

Cairns Regional Council is included in the proposed levy zone.

View the Queensland proposed levy zones

Can I get a waste Levy exemption or discount?

It is proposed that some wastes will be exempt from the levy such as waste produced from declared natural disasters. It is also proposed that application for exemptions or discounts can be made for waste such items dumped on charities that cannot be used or recycled.

Where can I find more information about the Levy?

View the Cairns Regional Council factsheet ( PDF, 4.14 MB ) and what it means for the region.

Further information about the Qld Government Waste Levy

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Last updated: 21 May 2019