Queensland Government Waste Levy

The Queensland Government Waste Levy has been developed to:

  • reduce waste to landfill
  • encourage waste avoidance
  • provide a source of funding for better resource recovery practices.

The levy will apply to all waste disposed of in landfill and is effective from 1 July 2019.

The Queensland Government has committed for the levy to not directly impact households. As such, local governments will be reimbursed the levy for the portion of the waste collected which is defined as household (domestic) waste. Residents disposing of household waste will not have the levy included in disposal costs.

The levy will be included in the:

  • fees and charges for commercial waste disposed of via Council’s four resource recovery centres and landfill
  • waste utility charge in commercial rates notices.

How will the levy affect Council's fees and charges?

Commercial rate accounts

In addition to current Waste Utility Charges, a Commercial Waste Utility Charge will apply to commercial properties in specific rating categories.

In 2019/20, the charge is $15 per quarter.

The total amount charged is based on the number of Waste Utility Charges or Extra Waste Utility Charges on an account, for example:

  • an account with one Waste Utility Charge will pay one Commercial Waste Utility Charge per quarter
  • an account with five Waste Utility Charges will pay five Commercial Waste Utility Charges per quarter
  • an account with one Waste Utility Charge and one Extra Waste Utility Charge will pay one Commercial Waste Utility Charge and one Extra Commercial Waste Utility Charge per quarter.

For commercial properties with bulk bins, the total charge is based on the volume of a standard collection amount.

For example:

  • an account with one 1500L bulk bin serviced weekly will pay six Waste Utility Charges and six Commercial Waste Utility Charges per quarter.

It should be noted that a minimum one Waste Utility Charge is levied on all improved premises within the waste collection area. This is irrespective of whether the property has a bin on site.  

At our resource recovery centres

Council’s current fee structure (differential rates) will continue to apply. Differential rates apply for up to 0.1 tonnes for domestic waste and up to 0.5 tonnes of commercial waste.

Differential rates allow businesses to pay for smaller loads and only be liable to pay the portion of the levy that reflects these smaller quantities. For example, differential rates include a pro-rata levy component – a 0.1-tonne disposal incorporates a levy component of $8 in the total price.

View Council’s full schedule of fees and charges for our network of disposal facilities.

Waste vouchers

To provide additional support to Brisbane’s business community, Council will allow waste disposal vouchers to continue to be transferred to commercial operators up to loads up to one tonne when delivered in a vehicle under 4.5 CGVM. Waste vouchers are sent to all residential properties in Brisbane.

Green waste exemption

Businesses disposing of green waste will not be affected by the Queensland Government Waste Levy. No levy is applied to green waste because this material does not go to landfill.

More information

For the latest information about the Queensland Government's Waste Levy including rates, exemptions and waste reduction programs, refer to the Queensland Government's Waste Levy website.

Commercial operators affected by the Queensland Government Waste Levy should direct feedback or enquiries to the Queensland Government by:

Last updated: 16 February 2021
Topics: waste

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