Prepare for waste levy

WITH only three months until the new Queensland Industry Waste Levy kicks in, businesses are being urged to take steps to reduce the waste they send to landfills.

Southern Downs Regional Council director of planning and environment Ken Harris said businesses should look at reducing, reusing and recycling as much as possible.

“It will soon cost businesses more to take their waste to landfill, and the only way to reduce that cost is to generate less waste,” Mr Harris said.

The new State Government levy will be $35 per tonne for all commercial and industrial (C&I), and all construction and demolition (C&D) solid and liquid waste going to landfill.

This will be charged on top of the normal gate fees at Southern Downs Regional Council waste facilities.

Council has been asked to collect the levy on behalf of the state, with all money from the levy paid to the Queensland Government.

“We’re suggesting to business owners that now is the time they should consider what other processes they can put in place to help increase the amount of recycling they are doing and reduce the amount of their waste,” Mr Harris said.

More information on recycling and waste reduction for businesses can be found at www.derm.qld.gov.au/environmental_management/waste/index or www.southerndowns.qld.gov.au/page/Council_Services/Waste_Management/.



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