Waste Levy

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 is the the waste disposal levy.

Who introduced the levy?

The Queensland Government introduced the waste levy.

When did the levy commence?

The  waste levy commenced July 1st, 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 levy is charged on waste sent to landfill and started at $75 per tonne GST exc, with proposed annual increases in July. Information on levy rates.

Where in Queensland will the levy apply?

Cairns Regional Council is included in the levy zone.

View the Queensland levy zones

Can I get a waste levy exemption or discount?

Some types of waste are exempt from the levy such as waste produced from declared natural disasters. Applications for exemptions or discounts can be made for waste, such as items dumped on charities that cannot be used or recycled.

Where can I find more information about charities exception?

Charitable organisations in Queensland may be eligible to apply for an exemption visit the QLD government waste levy charities page to learn more.

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: 16 June 2020