Queensland waste levy

The Queensland Government is developing a new Waste Management and Resource Recovery Strategy to increase recycling and recovery activities, and boost economic and employment opportunities linked to these industries.

The strategy underpinned by a waste levy, commenced on 1 July 2019 in 39 local government areas, including the Moreton Bay Region.

Although the new levy will apply to waste disposed to landfill by both residents and businesses, the Queensland Government has committed to ensuring the levy has no direct impact on households.

This means residents will not be directly charged the levy for the disposal of their household Municipal Solid Waste (domestic waste).

The waste levy seeks to:

  • encourage resource recovery and recycling
  • discourage landfill disposal
  • provide funding for programs to promote resource recovery and better waste management practices
  • secure and increase the quantity of recyclable materials captured for processing
  • facilitate industry investment in resource recovery initiatives.

Councils will be required to collect the levy on behalf of the State Government.

The State Government levy on general waste going to landfill is $75 per tonne. The waste levy does not apply on recyclable materials - so make sure you continue to put your yellow topped bin to great use. 

For a full list of items you can save from going to landfill, refer to What can I put in my bins - Recycling bin (yellow lid).


What does it cost for households?

The Queensland Government Waste Levy won’t affect you if you put your wheelie bins out as usual and take domestic waste (Municipal Solid Waste*) to Waste Management Facilities and Transfer Stations.

In the Queensland Government’s delivery of the waste levy, it will provide payments to councils to offset the levy on household waste going to landfill.

Moreton Bay Region residents will not be directly charged the waste levy on their domestic waste (Municipal Solid Waste*) and are encouraged to recycle as much of their waste as possible, including cardboard, clean vegetation and anything else that Council recycles.

If your household’s waste collection is not provided by Moreton Bay Regional Council but a commercial operator, or any other Local Government, waste levy costs may apply. Contact your service provider.

Note: Moreton Bay Regional Council is expanding its waste collection services and kerbside collection is available at cost to everyone, provided a waste collection truck is safely able to service the property.

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What does it cost for commercial operators?

The Queensland Government’s Waste Levy will be passed on to commercial customers who dispose of waste at Council’s waste management facilities or waste transfer stations. You are encouraged to source recyclable materials to reduce the impact of the Queensland Government’s Waste Levy on your business before visiting Council facilities. Some exemptions do apply. For more information go to the Queensland Government's website.

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What does it cost for charities?

The Queensland State Government has an exemption in place for eligible not-for-profit organisations and has employed the National Association of Charitable Recycling Organisations (NACRO) to engage directly with these organisations. For more information visit the NACRO website.

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Why has the Queensland Government introduced the waste levy?

The Queensland Government says around 10.9 million tonnes of waste was produced in 2017-18 in Queensland, enough to fill almost 9000 Olympic-sized swimming pools. The amount of waste we produce is also growing faster than our population.

Queensland is a major underperformer in recycling and resource recovery with more than half (55%) of our waste ending up in landfill.

One of the reasons for this is that Queensland is the only mainland state without a waste levy—resulting in Queensland becoming a dumping ground for interstate rubbish.

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What support is available to help me reduce my waste, and lessen the impact of the Waste Levy?

The Queensland State Government is funding ecoBiz, a free program which helps businesses reduce their energy, water and waste costs, and prepare for the introduction of the Waste Levy.

Interested businesses can visit the ecoBiz website.

We are committed to supporting customers to become “Waste Levy Ready” and minimise waste.

Council conducts waste minimisation consultations, including tips to reduce your waste and new ways to increase your recycling. To find out if you are eligible contact a Council Waste Officer.

For more information on waste minimisation and the programs available to residents, schools, community organisations and businesses, visit the Queensland Government website.

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Where can I find more information about the Queensland Government’s Waste Disposal Levy?

Refer to the Queensland Government website for up-to-date Waste Levy information.

Waste Levy rates for the 2019-20 financial year (from 1 July 2019 to 30 June 2020) are:

Waste classification  Levy rate (per tonne)
 General waste: municipal solid waste, commercial and industrial; construction and demolition $75
 Regulated waste: Category 1 (PDF, 92KB) $155
 Regulated waste: Category 2 (PDF, 92KB) $105

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* Municipal Solid Waste is waste generated by a household if:

  • the waste is collected from domestic premises:
    • by or for an occupant of the premises, unless the waste is collected under a commercial arrangement (e.g. skip bin), or
    • by or for a local government; and
  • the waste is not waste generated by an activity carried out at domestic premises under a commercial agreement.