The Waste and Resource Recovery Act 2022 has passed through Parliament, supporting the Government’s vision for waste and resource recovery in Tasmania into the future. The Act can be viewed on the Tasmanian Legislation website.
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.
The legislation operates alongside the framework of Tasmania’s existing environmental regulation under the Environmental Management and Pollution Control Act 1994. Collection of the levy and enforcement of levy obligations will be regulated by the Secretary of the Department of Natural Resources and Environment Tasmania.
The levy collection and compliance requirements of the Act (Parts 3 and 4) will not commence until proclamation. This is to allow the regulations, and other implementation details and systems to be developed in anticipation of the levy commencing on 1 July 2022.
The landfill levy will have a staggered introduction over 4 years, with the intention of starting at $20 per tonne and rising to $40 and then $60 at 2 yearly intervals. Modelling indicates that $60 per tonne is the optimal rate and is the point at which maximum diversion is achieved. The staggered rate is intended to avoid price shock and allow time for alternatives to landfill disposal to be developed. The amounts will be expressed in fee units (as closely as possible) to ensure the amounts continue to be adjusted in real terms through time. Details of the levy impact modelling are provided in the Tasmanian Waste Levy Impact Study in the supporting materials below.
Further information on the Act is available on the Landfill Levy FAQs webpage.
Supporting material available:
Waste Levy Impact Study (PDF 3Mb)
Waste and Resource Recovery Regulations 2022
Public consultation closed 20 April
Information about the regulations is available on the webpage, Waste and Resource Recovery Regulations 2022. This includes information about support available to operators of landfills and resource recovery facilities impacted by the introduction of a landfill levy.
Waste and Resource Recovery Bill Public Submissions
A draft of the Waste and Resource Recovery Bill was released for public consultation between 9 February 2021 and 12 March 2021. There were 31 formal submissions received during the consultation period of the Bill which represented the views of local government, regional groups, industry representatives, and resource recovery operators, commercial and not-for-profit organisations.
Submissions received are available to view - Public Submissions: Draft Waste and Resource Recovery Bill 2021.