Waste industry welcomes Queensland introduction of Landfill Levy

20 March 2018

The Waste Management Association of Australia (WMAA) today welcomes the Queensland Palaszczuk’s Government announcment of a reintroduction to state wide landfill levy.

The Queensland government has answered the industry and public’s call for action due to a a small number of waste industry operators continuing to use irresponsible and dangerous practices including transportation of waste over many hundreds of kilometres to avoid paying landfill levies and gain a commercial advantage.

WMAA, Australia’s peak national body for the waste and resource recovery industry, began calling on members, operators and stakeholders in the sector to sign a Waste of Origin Pledge in order for the industry to further the conversation with Government.

“The ultimate goal of WMAA is to achieve sustainable and environmentally sensitive waste management across the entire industry,” said CEO Gayle Sloan. “And to ensure a level playing field for all organisations, and for the betterment of the services provided to the public.”

WMAA was the only waste and resource recovery association that actively called on the Queensland state government ahead of this announcement, and is continuing to work nationally with all state governements to achieve a national harmonised approach to waste and resource recovery management, to both ensure a level playing field for operators and ensure that this service is provided to the public in a professional and safe manner.

“We want to see waste managed in accordance with the heirachy and as close as possible to where it was produced; this is a real opportunity to create local jobs and investment in this essential sector,” said CEO Gayle Sloan. “Transportation of waste over long distances just to avoid levies is irresponsible, dangerous and environmentally damaging.”

It is time for the States and the Commonwealth to work together with industry to create a circular economy within Australia by encouraging reduction, reuse, recycling, and manufacturing. The last piece of the puzzle is a harmonised approach to create a circular economy in Australia, wherein we can develop onshore local markets and create local employment (for every 10,000 tonnes of waste recycled, more than 9.2 jobs are created).