The way the region deals with waste will now have to change to meet a tight timeline for the introduction of Queensland’s waste disposal levy, according to Goondiwindi Regional Council.
The Goondiwindi region is a last-minute addition to the new waste levy zone that includes 39 of the 77 local government areas in Queensland.
The Goondiwindi region was originally not included in the levy zone but was added at the last minute due to opposition by other regional councils to its exclusion.
The new state levy will be $75 per tonne of landfill waste as of 1 July 2019.
Queensland has been the only mainland state without a waste levy.
Goondiwindi Regional Council Director of Community and Corporate Services Jason Quinnell says Council will now be doing everything it can to limit the effect of the levy, but, he says, the bottom line is the way we deal with waste in the region.
And that, Mr Quinnell says, is going to have to change.
“The days of just taking everything to the dump are on the decline. What it comes down to is that dumping commercial waste will now incur a $75 levy fee on top of existing fees.”
“There will be no charge for most domestic people – it will just mean their waste goes to a transfer and not a landfill as is current practice in Goondiwindi and Texas.”
The aim of the new Queensland Government’s Waste Reduction and Recycling (Waste Levy) laws is primarily, to stop New South Wales trucks from dumping waste in Queensland and to invest in new waste recovery industries.
MR Quinnell says that the region has a tight timeline to prepare for this introduction to meet a 1 July deadline.
“So, residents are going to see a lot of activity from Council over the coming months to work with all of our region’s communities in preparation for the change.”
He says Council is yet to model the cost implications of the changes.
“But we expect to be in a position to distribute more information about how the changes will affect our region’s townships in mid-April 2019.”