The Department of Natural Resources and Environment Tasmania has made the commitment to tackle a broad range of waste management and resource recovery issues. This is done in partnership with Local Government, business, the community, and the Australian Government.
Tasmanian State and Local Government are already well-advanced in actioning key policy and legislative actions to tackle the priority waste and resource recovery issues for Tasmania. NRE Tas has a strong focus on waste and resource recovery due to the pollution that waste can cause, the loss of amenity and the difficulty in finding new and acceptable landfill sites, the impact of methane on our climate, the loss of the earth’s precious resources, and the impact on marine life when materials are discarded.
The Landfill Levy
The Landfill Levy incorporates a staggered introduction over 4 years, starting at $20 per tonne and rising to $40 and then $60 at 2 yearly intervals. Under the Waste and Resource Recovery Act 2022 (the Act) the landfill levy rate is expressed in Government Fee Units and the levy rate is set at 12 Fee Units from 1 July 2022. The Waste and Resource Recovery Regulations 2022 (the Regulations) specify that for the period of 1 July 2024 until 30 June 2026 the levy rate will be set at 24 Fee Units, and on the 1 July 2026, the levy rate will move to 36 Fee Units.
Fee Units are adjusted from year to year by Treasury. The process for setting fee units is explained on the Treasury website.
2022-23 Landfill Levy Rate
In order to commence the levy at exactly $20.00 per tonne, the Minister instructed the WRR Board to provide an "assistance package" to landfill operators in respect of the levy, for the amount of $0.40 per tonne for the 2022-23 financial year. The assistance package will cease on 30 June 2023, which means that the amount of the levy payable by landfill operators for the 2023-24 financial year will revert to the value of 12 fee units.
2023-24 Landfill Levy Rate
As the Act specifies the amount of the levy in terms of fee units, the annual change in the fee unit amount affects the amount of the levy.
The fee unit value for 2023-24 financial year was gazetted on the 8 February 2023, and is to be increased from $1.70 to $1.78 https://www.gazette.tas.gov.au/.
This means that the amount of the landfill levy for 2023-24 will be $21.36 per tonne.
Waste and Resource Recovery Act 2022
The legislation sets out the establishment of the Waste and Resource Recovery Board
to provide strategic oversight and drive our circular economy agenda. It also introduces a state-wide levy on waste disposed to landfill both as a disincentive to landfilling and as a mechanism to fund strategic investment into Tasmania’s waste and resource recovery sectors.
Collection of the levy and enforcement of levy obligations is regulated by the Department of Natural Resources and Environment Tasmania.
The landfill levy commenced on 1 July 2022. The Tasmanian Government Landfill Levy is to encourage people to reduce waste, and to re-use or recycle materials instead of sending things to landfill.
Waste and Resource Recovery Regulations 2022
- the landfill levy amount
- data reporting requirements, infringements and penalties
- some application of funds from the Waste and Resource Recovery Account
The Regulations are made under the Waste and Resource Recovery Act, which sets out the establishment of the Waste and Resource Recovery Board
and introduces a state-wide levy on waste disposed to landfill.
The Tasmanian Government have provided further information and resources to assist with the landfill levy implementation.
Landfill Levy Readiness Grant Scheme
The objective of the Landfill Levy Readiness Grant Scheme was to assist landfill operators and resource recovery operators meet their levy and data reporting requirements. Landfill operators and resource recovery businesses need to collect data on waste, including (for landfills) the information required to calculate the payable levy amount. Landfill levy returns will be the mechanism through which waste data will be collected from the relevant facilities. Waste data reports from resource recovery facilities will support the Waste and Resource Recovery Board
to measure the effectiveness of programs under the State Waste Strategy, which is in development.
The Grant Scheme assisted with the transition to these requirements by providing a financial contribution towards the costs of modifying the systems and infrastructure of landfill and resource recovery businesses to be able to comply with the new legislative requirements contained in the Waste and Resource Recovery Act.
Grant recipients are using the funding for a variety of projects, including weighbridges, compliance management, training staff and project management.
There is a breadth of work happening in Tasmania on various environmental initiatives, including climate, water, conservation, food waste and more. See below for links.