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Waste levy set at $35, what effect Skip Bin prices?

News > Waste levy set at $35, what effect Skip Bin prices?

Brisbane skip bin prices will undoubtedly go up at the beginning of December 2011 when the Queensland governments waste levy commences.  Currently, much, if not most of the waste placed in skip bins goes to landfills with little of no recycling. So the Queensland government's objective or hope is to encourage recycling by imposing a waste levy on each tonne of waste sent to landfills. 

The landfill operators will collect this tax from skip bin operators and other waste companies that use landfills to dispose of their waste. The waste levy being a charge for each tonne of commercial, industrial, construction and demolition waste that is disposed of in the operator's landfill.  Th intent of the levy is to encourage greater recycling and reuse of waste materials.

The waste levy will no doubt be passed back onto the consumer of waste services whether they are small businesses, local residents cleaning up or tradespeople like builders, plumbers, concreters, landscapers etc.

Brisbane Arera Waste Levy effected Councils
The waste levy  does not apply to all of Queensland it only applies to 34 local government areas that include:

What type of Skip Bin will be affected by the Queensland waste levy?
Any type of skip bin that has what is perceived as commercial, industrial, construction and demolition wastes. So it will be interesting to see if skip bins containing plain household waste like clothes, old furniture and electrical goods are included, don't hold your breath in hope.

The levy will vary according to the type of waste too but again it is not clear how this will translate to skip bin prices.  Commercial, industrial, construction and demolition waste will incur a waste levy of $35 a tonne.
  • Authored By:Steve Shergold
  • Published:20/11/2011