What is the state-wide landfill levy?
The landfill levy is a fee placed on waste materials sent to landfill for disposal. The objective in applying this levy is to reduce the amount of waste going to landfill, which will benefit the environment and create economic benefits by keeping the resources that can be recovered from waste circulating in the productive economy. We call this the ‘circular economy’.
The landfill levy will also provide a revenue stream to fund our waste strategy going forward. Money raised by the levy will be used to support business and jobs growth, resource recovery infrastructure and grants to promote alternatives to landfilling.
Why are we developing a landfill levy?
The introduction of a waste levy is a long-term approach to improving waste management and resource recovery in Tasmania. Funds raised from the landfill levy will be invested directly into the waste and resource recovery sector supporting existing industry and creating new jobs and businesses for Tasmanians.
A landfill levy is one of a range of strategies being developed by the Tasmanian Government to improve resource recovery in Tasmania. Other initiatives include development and implementation of a container refund scheme, grants programs, phasing out of a range of single use plastics, and improved litter reporting systems.
How does the landfill levy work?
The levy will be set through legislation (the Waste and Resource Recovery Bill 2021 and associated Regulations). The legislation will require a levy to be paid by landfill operators per tonne of waste that is received at the landfill. It is expected that landfill operators will pass on the cost of the levy to their customers. Landfill operators already charge a gate fee to cover their operational costs. The levy would be in addition to this.
Householders and businesses can reduce their landfill gate fees by being careful with what they do with their waste. By sorting rubbish and sending it to an appropriate recycling facility instead of the landfill, people can avoid paying the levy.
The legislation will allow landfill operators to claim a resource recovery rebate. This means they can reduce their levy cost by recovering waste at the landfill facility and taking it to a resource recovery facility. This will provide a financial incentive for both the customer and the operator to divert waste from landfill.
Levy administration and enforcement will be overseen by the Department of Natural Resources and Environment Tasmania.
How much is the levy, and why?
The Tasmanian Waste Levy Impact Study 2020 (see below) found that the optimal rate of the levy to reduce waste and increase resources recovered from landfill while having only a modest impact on households and businesses is to introduce the levy in stages over 4 years:
- An initial rate of $20 per tonne for the first 2 years
- After two years, the levy will increase to $40 per tonne
- After a further two years, the levy will increase to $60 per tonne.
$60 per tonne is close to the average rate of the levy in regional areas on mainland Australia. The landfill levy in metropolitan areas around Australia varies between $70 per tonne (Western Australia) to $146 per tonne (New South Wales).
The levy amount will be set as fee units to keep pace with inflation.
It is expected that the cost will be passed onto householders and businesses at the landfill gate and through Council rates. For households, a levy of $20 per tonne has been projected to cost an additional $3.47 per capita per year (averaged over 10 years). As the levy increases through time, projections over a 10-year period indicate that the average cost to householders would be $7.67 per capita per year.
It should be noted that these are modelled averages for the whole State, and there are likely to be variations between localities.
The preferred levy rate option is modelled to collect $8.3 million in its first full year, rising to $17.1 million by 2030/31. The Cost Benefit Analysis in the Landfill levy Impact Study indicated that the introduction of the levy at $20/tonne and the staggered increases would result in a positive Net Present Value of over $121 million over 10 years and lift recycling and recovery of waste from its current level of 45% to 69% by 2030.
Levy amounts will be expressed as Fee Units as per the Department of Treasury and Finance website
, using the nearest whole number to achieve the intended dollar amount. At the current fee unit rate ($1.65) the landfill levy stages of $20 – 40 – 60 would be expressed as 12 – 24 – 36 Fee Units. This will ensure that the levy rate takes account of CPI increases, and is therefore maintained in real terms into the future.
When does the landfill levy start?
The levy is planned to start on 1 July 2022, but this will be subject to the Bill being approved by Parliament and suitable Regulations being available in time.
What is the current state and national context?
In 2019 the Tasmanian Government released targets including reducing waste generated by 5% by 2025, a 40% recovery rate from all waste streams by 2025 and reducing organic waste to landfill by 25% by 2025. These are consistent with the national approach as outlined in the National Waste Policy Action Plan 2019. They also reflect a strong community interest and concern about waste.
In recent years China and a number of south-east Asian countries have significantly reduced the importation of many waste materials. In 2020 COAG agreed to ban the export of unprocessed waste glass, plastic, tyres, and paper/cardboard. To support the implementation of the ban, the Tasmanian and Australian Governments are jointly investing in improving recycling and reprocessing, creating jobs and reducing the impacts of landfilling. Programs such as the Recycling Modernisation Fund (Plastics) Grants Program are investing significantly in the processing capacity for waste plastic in Tasmania.
Other important issues include:
- Growing concern within Australia about the amount of recyclable materials being stockpiled or going to landfill.
- A global trend which is seeing countries pursue a circular economy which avoids the traditional linear model of ‘take’ (resources), ‘make’ (products), and ‘dispose’ (waste), and instead aims to maximise the value and use of materials and resources at every stage of the life of a product or material.
What are the benefits of the levy, in the long term?
Landfilling can have harmful environmental impacts such as groundwater pollution, odours, land contamination and methane generation (a powerful greenhouse gas). Landfills occupy valuable land that could otherwise be used productively, they attract vermin, and can be technically difficult to manage. Each landfill has a limited lifespan and when filled it can be difficult to find a suitable site to establish a new one.
A lot of wastes can be reused, recycled or diverted to organic composting or energy generation. Putting waste into landfill represents a loss of resources and goes against circular economy principles. The landfill levy is predicted to reduce waste to landfill by 210,000 tonnes per year by 2030/31, which will extend the life of existing landfills and reduce the need for new facilities.
The levy will provide a source of funds to further stimulate the growth and development of resource recovery and reprocessing businesses and operations throughout the State. According to the Tasmanian Waste Levy Impact Study 2020, the resource recovery sector creates 6.4 jobs per 10,000 tonnes of recovered waste, hence the levy could result in around 130 new Tasmanian jobs.
Do other states have a landfill levy?
All other states have legislated waste levies, and many have had them for some years. The Australian Capital Territory has a non-legislated landfill levy system, because all landfills in the ACT are government owned and run.
Who is imposing and collecting the levy?
The Tasmanian Government is imposing the levy through the introduction of legislation. Landfill operators will be required to pay the levy (including councils that operate a landfill) to the Department of Natural Resources and Environment Tasmania, who will administer the levy and ensure compliance with all levy regulations.
The levy monies will be directed into a dedicated reinvestment account established and managed in accordance with the proposed legislation.
When I go to a Waste Transfer Station, will I have to pay the levy?
Waste Transfer Station operators will have to pay the levy on waste that they dispose to landfill, so they are likely to pass on the levy cost to the public through their gate fees. It is expected that operators will attempt to divert for recycling as much waste as possible by collecting items such as glass, paper, plastic, e-waste, cardboard, batteries, clothing, polystyrene, construction materials, paint tins, furniture, and mattresses. This will reduce their costs, and therefore the cost to the public.
Some parts of Tasmania already have a voluntary levy in place. As this will be replaced by the statewide levy, the increase will not be as great in these places.
Will I need to pay the levy on materials that can be recycled?
The intention is that the levy applies to waste disposed of into landfill. If you go to a resource recovery facility, you will only pay the facility’s operational or handling fees (if they charge them) as is the case at present. If you go to a waste management centre that includes both a landfill facility and resource recovery facilities (e.g. tip shop or bins for recycling materials), you should have options to avoid paying the levy.
If in doubt, ask the operator of the facility.
Has there been consideration for the effect of the levy on business and the community?
Yes. The authors of the Tasmanian Waste Levy Impact Study 2020 consulted with local government, State agencies, regional organisations, industry bodies, commercial waste generators, landfill operators and resource recovery operators about the impacts of a levy.
Feedback from the study as well as feedback on the Government's 2019 draft Waste Action Plan showed strong support for the introduction of a state-wide landfill levy for its environmental benefits and for the development opportunities it will stimulate for the resource recovery sector.
The Tasmanian Waste Levy Impact Study 2020 found that the Tasmanian community would be better off with a levy than without a levy, due to the broader benefits to society that a landfill levy can bring.
Through time, businesses and the community are expected to adapt to the levy by reducing their waste and taking advantage of alternatives for waste disposal, such as composting for organic materials and recycling. The infrastructure for these alternatives will take time to build, and businesses may need time to adjust their current practices. Introducing the levy in a staggered manner provides more time for businesses and the community to adapt.
Will the levy result in more illegal dumping?
There may be an increase in illegal dumping of rubbish, such as in bushland areas. The reasons why some people dump their rubbish are not clear. Although logically there is a link between the cost of disposal and illegal dumping, for some people it is simply anti-social behaviour.
To discourage illegal dumping the Government has recently increased fines for littering and illegally dumping waste. The intention is to use some of the levy revenue to further support programs that tackle littering and illegal dumping (including education) around the State.
The Government will also continue to work with a range of partner organisations to promote anti-littering and anti-dumping messages.
Other Australian states have found that there can be an increase in illegal dumping when a levy is first introduced but this diminishes once people become accustomed to the levy. The Government will continue a collaborative approach with local government and other public land managers to address illegal dumping.
What will be the impact on competition in waste and other markets?
The Tasmanian Waste Levy Impact Study 2020 found that competition impacts will either be neutral or positive.
Landfill operators will be the most affected, and through time will see diminishing revenue from gate fees as the amount of disposal to landfill is reduced. However, most landfill facilities already diversify their business with some recovery operations, and those who introduce innovation by either diverting materials or recycling before the waste is buried in landfill will gain a business advantage.
The resource recovery sector stands to benefit greatly from increased demand and investment.
Using the levy strategically to foster improvements in resource recovery, infrastructure investment, research, and innovation will, in time, result in better quality recycled products and lower the cost of producing them. This will create greater demand in the market for recycled product.
What consultation has been done?
The public consultation for the Waste and Resource Recovery Bill 2021 was completed in March 2021. This process involved a public notice in the three main Tasmanian daily newspapers, publication of the draft Bill and associated papers on the website; generic letters sent to a range of stakeholders advising them that a public consultation period was now open and inviting their submission; targeted discussions with stakeholders; and visits to the three regions and King Island to explain the Bill to interested councils.
There were 31 formal submissions received as part of the public consultation process for the Bill, encompassing the views of local government, regional groups, industry representatives, waste and recovery businesses, commercial and not for profit organisations, and individuals in respect of the proposed legislation.
The Tasmanian Government has also received specific advice from the Local Government Association of Tasmania, and values the input received from remote area councils.
There has been consultation with Charitable Recycling Australia (TAS), Tasmanian Farmers and Graziers Association, Housing Industry Australia, and the Regional Waste Management groups, recognising the importance of sectors and regional areas (including the Islands) who are impacted in unique ways.
Targeted consultation with various industry groups and sectors has continued throughout implementation of the landfill levy, particularly during the development of the Regulations. This includes discussion with affected landfill and resource recovery facility operators around the specific implementation issues that may arise through the Bill and draft Regulations. A public consultation period will also be held on the draft Regulations.
What consideration has been given to charities?
Charities and not-for-profit businesses that receive donations of goods from the public for repurposing and recycling play an important role in the circular economy and will be able to apply for grants programs offered by the Waste and Resource Recovery Board.
Receiving donations from the public makes them vulnerable to having waste dumped at their premises. There is also residual waste from their operations, such as donations that are unusable or not fit for purpose. This adds to the expenses of the charity, because they must pay for this waste to be disposed of.
Across Australia most, if not all, landfill levy systems have a mechanism to compensate charitable organisations for the additional expense that the levy may impose, recognising that this cost impacts on their work and the public benefit that these organisations can provide.
In Tasmania, it will be a statutory function of the Tasmanian Waste and Resource Recovery Board to administer an assistance program to assist charitable recyclers. This means that there will be an administrative mechanism to claim back much of the cost of the levy.
This process was developed after consultation with Charitable Recycling Australia and took into account their advice that a rebate program was a more effective mechanism than an exemption.
Is there a risk that stockpiling will occur?
Some stockpiling of materials already occurs in the ordinary course of business at landfills and resource recovery facilities and is necessary for their operations. For example, landfills will often have a stockpile of daily cover material ready for use, and recycling businesses need an adequate supply of material for continuous operations.
There is, however, a concern that stockpiling will increase once the landfill levy commences. This has been a problem in other jurisdictions that have seen stockpiles of waste used as a mechanism to evade levy payment. This may also happen because the recovery facility is unable to keep up with the volume of waste to be processed.
Stockpiles of waste materials can be a concern as they may attract pests and vermin, cause odour and disamenity, create a fire hazard or risks to the environment or human health and safety.
The permitting and operation of landfills and recovery sites are regulated by the EPA and local government, who have powers under the Environmental Management and Pollution Control Act 1994 to inspect premises and put conditions on the use of stockpiles. This regulatory responsibility will continue.
Because the levy may impact the incidence of stockpiling there is provision in the Waste and Resource Recovery Bill 2021 for the issuing of Guidelines or Ministerial Standards on the best practice management of stockpiled materials. This will enable more education and enforcement capability to address this concern.
How will exemptions be applied?
The Waste and Resource Recovery Bill 2021 starts with the premise that all waste disposed of to landfill is subject to the levy. Applying the levy at a flat rate across all waste streams assists in neutralising any competition impact between industries, and it minimises the administration and level of regulation that is required to enforce it.
However, from time to time there may be a good reason to exempt a waste from the levy. All states have some exemptions to their levy, although the exemptions vary from state to state. Primarily, exemptions are aimed at addressing public interest concerns in ensuring that certain waste types are appropriately disposed of and alleviating any unfairness that an inflexible application of the levy may cause.
Caution must be used in applying exemptions as they can become an avenue for levy avoidance, an administrative burden on landfill operators and be difficult for regulators to enforce, which would undermine the levy system.
The Waste and Resource Recovery Bill 2021 has the following mechanisms to exempt waste from the levy:
- The Minister can, by an order published in the Government Gazette, declare that certain waste is excluded from the operation of the levy. This will allow the Minister to quickly respond to circumstances as they arise – such as declaring that waste from a bushfire or flood emergency is exempt. This can also be used to exempt waste from specific events, such as community clean-up days.
- A waste type may be prescribed in the regulations as exempt from the levy. This can be used to exempt problem wastes (such as asbestos) so the levy doesn’t deter proper disposal.
- A facility or type of facility may be prescribed in the regulations not to be a landfill facility. This is to exclude facilities that may inadvertently be captured by the definition of a landfill because they are allowed to dispose of waste on their land – such as mines which dispose of overburden, tailings and waste rock.
- Waste disposed of in accordance with an Approved Management Method (AMM) under the Environmental Management and Pollution Control (Waste Management) Regulations 2020 is excluded from the definition of landfill, and thereby excluded from the landfill levy. AMMs create an authorised means to reuse waste, subject to conditions. Currently there are two such AMMs, for biosolids and waste tyres. The EPA has advised that it intends to develop a further AMM relating to clean fill.
The details of the exemptions, including the waste types and conditions on the exemption, will be provided during the development of the regulations. They are not specified in the Bill as they will need to be regularly reviewed and updated which is more readily done in regulations. Further details about the Regulations are provided in an Explanatory Paper, available on the Waste and Resource Recovery Bill page
How will the levy funds be governed?
The Waste and Resource Recovery Bill 2021 establishes the Tasmanian Waste and Resource Recovery Board
(the Board), a new board whose main function is to develop a state-wide strategy to reduce waste to landfill, encourage resource recovery and improve waste management practices. The Board will govern expenditure of levy funds, except for the amount to be allocated to the EPA for dealing with litter and dumping, and to the Department for compliance and administration associated with the levy. This residual amount available to the Board will increase substantially as the levy rate ramps up from $20 per tonne to $60 per tonne.
The Bill establishes the Board as a statutory entity of five to seven members who are appointed by the Minister. Members must have skill or experience in resource recovery or other areas relevant to the functions of the Board. One of the members must be a representative nominated by the Local Government Association of Tasmania (LGAT). Members are appointed for not more than four years and not for more than two consecutive terms.
What are the main roles of the new board?
One of the most important functions of the Waste and Resource Recovery Board
will be to develop a strategy to guide waste and resource recovery activities across Tasmania. The key objectives are to divert waste away from landfill, and increase resource recovery. The functions of the board include monitoring the effectiveness of practices across the State, to drive continuous improvement. Applying circular economy principles to using the levy funds to deliver the strategy and foster growth in the resource recovery sector in Tasmania will be a focus of their work.
As well as developing a waste strategy, the Board has a number of functions including providing advice on waste issues to the Minister, promoting waste reduction and resource recovery, supporting State waste policies, coordinating with local authorities and industry, and promoting market development and infrastructure for resource recovery.
What do the consequential amendments do?
There are a number of consequential amendments in Schedule 3 of the Waste and Resource Recovery Bill 2021. These amendments change provisions of the Environmental Management and Pollution Control Act 1994 to support the work of the EPA in areas that may be affected by the introduction of the landfill levy.
The specific amendments and their purpose are:
- Amending the definition of clean fill to create two tiers of clean fill material. Clean fill type 1 means a mixture of natural materials (what is ordinarily thought of as clean fill). Clean fill type 2 means a mixture containing construction materials such as crushed bricks, concrete or rubble. In both cases the EPA Director may set limit levels for pollutants, proportions and dimensions of the material. Clean fill is a resource with many applications, and with the introduction of the levy there will be greater demand for alternative uses to avoid the cost of its disposal This more specific definition allows greater regulatory control over how clean fill is used to ensure it does not become a levy avoidance mechanism or cause environmental harm (i.e. passing off contaminated material as clean fill).
- Clean fill transitional arrangements. Clean fill is referred to in many existing permits and notices. To ensure those conditions continue to apply there is a transitional provision in the Bill that means the new definitions of clean fill can be read into existing permits and notices. Over time those permits and notices will be updated to use the new terms.
- Creating an offence for operating a Level 2 activity without an authority to do so. Currently there is no penalty for this (other than the planning offence under the Land Use Planning & Approval Act 1993). The landfill levy may put pressure on smaller landfill and resource recovery sites to expand their operations. It may also incentivise illegal landfilling to avoid the cost of proper waste management. These activities can cause significant environmental harm if operated in an unregulated manner. A penalty is needed to deter this conduct and protect against this potential adverse impact of the landfill levy.
- Adding a power for the EPA Board or Director to issue an EPN for a Level 2 activity. This is related to the above offence provision and if required, allows the activity to be brought into the regulatory system (and thereby subject to the landfill levy where the Bill is applicable).
- Omission of biosolids from Schedule 2, removing it as a Level 2 activity. The application of biosolids to land is regulated through an Approved Management Method (AMM) under the Environmental Management and Pollution Control (Waste Management) Regulations 2020. Disposal in accordance with an AMM is not intended to be captured as an authorisation creating levy obligations. Similarly, it is not intended to capture the application of biosolids to land as a “landfill”. This amendment will assist the clarity of the Bill and consistency with other waste laws.
Can I still put up a “Clean Fill wanted” sign?
Clean fill – especially if it is not contaminated with pollutants or other wastes – is a valuable resource that can have many applications. It is a common practice to seek clean fill for landscaping or recontouring ahead of development works.
The intention of the Waste and Resource Recovery Bill is to encourage the appropriate recovery and use of resources such as clean fill. However, it’s also a common problem that a lot of the material that is called “clean fill” is actually far from being “clean”. High levels of contaminants – be it pollutants or inappropriate material types – can cause significant environmental harm when it is dumped inappropriately, and can cause engineering problems as the material settles.
The amendments included in Schedule 3 of the WRR Bill mean that disposal of clean fill will be an activity that needs appropriate “approval”. There are many ways this can be achieved, for example:
- Where the material is “clean” (uncontaminated) and won’t cause harm where it is located, the EPA has advised that an Approved Management Method is intended to be released that will allow for the material to be reused. This means that a specific approval will not need to be sought, as long as the particular conditions of the Approved Management Method are met. This is expected to cover most existing situations where genuine clean fill is currently being reused.
- A specific approval can be sought from Council or the EPA as per the requirements of the Environmental Management and Pollution Control (Waste) Regulations. This is likely where there are some potential environmental management concerns about the material being reused, or the location where the material is being reused.
- An Environment Protection Notice (EPN) can also be issued by a Council or the EPA to allow for the appropriate disposal or use of material. This is likely where the issues associated with the material or the location are more significant, and will typically be more likely to apply to material that will in the future be called “clean fill type 2”.
How does the hypothecation of funds work?
It is a unique feature of the landfill levy in Tasmania that the whole of the funds raised by the landfill levy will be hypothecated, or pledged, back in to waste and resource recovery, including administration and compliance. The Waste and Resource Recovery Bill 2021 requires that all levy money collected be deposited into a special purpose account. It may only be used for:
- The Board, for its waste strategy, to perform its functions, or to meet its costs and expenses;
- The Secretary, for the purpose of making adjustments to levy payments (i.e. to repay overpaid amounts); and
- The Secretary in an amount and purpose as prescribed (e.g. the costs of administering the levy system, for disbursements of levy money for litter and dumping compliance costs, and to replace the levy funds for Regional Waste Management Groups).
This means that the levy can be introduced at zero net cost to the government and taxpayer, instead of being funded by an annual budget allocation for levy compliance and governance costs. It also means guaranteed investment of the funds for the important purposes of reducing waste and moving towards a circular economy.
Protecting the levy funds through hypothecation was a strong message throughout public consultation for the Bill and from local government.
How will regulation and compliance be managed?
Regulation and compliance of the levy system will be managed through officers of the Department of Natural Resources and Environment Tasmania, according to the legislation and relevant regulations.
The potential for additional littering and dumping because of the levy’s introduction will be addressed through additional capacity to the EPA to undertake relevant compliance activities.
Part of the levy funding will be directed towards supporting these roles.
What changes have been made to the Bill since the public consultation draft?
- The definitions of operator and landfill facility have been refined to better capture the disposal activity intended to be subject to the landfill levy (sections 3 and 4).
- The definition of resource recovery has been refined to ensure that the sorting and preparation of waste is included (section 3).
- Definitions for resource recovery facility (section 5) and for the person responsible for that facility (section 3) have been added as it was identified that some regulation of them is necessary for the operation of the landfill levy, namely:
- Requiring transaction information to cross-check and audit rebate claims (sections 37, 38 and 39)
- Enforcing the stockpiling of waste guidelines/standards (section 43 and 56)
- Providing relief from the full levy payment for residual wastes from recovery processes with an assistance program to be run by the Board (section 12(2)(k)).
- Including remote area waste management as a relevant “skill or knowledge” for Board membership (section 11(4)(a)(ii)) and including a function of the Board to promote and support access to waste services in remote areas (section 12(2)(g)), so that the challenges experienced by remote areas are considered when making decisions about the application of levy funding.
- The landfill levy exemption for illegally dumped waste collected by public authorities has now been changed to an assistance program to be run by the Board, as it was identified that this could be better applied administratively through an application system (section 12(2)(l)).
- A specific function of the Board to promote education in relation to waste reduction and resource recovery has been added (section 12(2)(e)).
- An objective of the waste strategy to divert waste from landfill has been added (section 18(1)(a)) – this was considered important to incorporate circular economy principles.
- The period for submitting the landfill levy return was extended from 10 days to 30 days (section 32(1)), as was the period for submitting the volumetric survey report (section 36(6)), after concerns were raised that 10 days was too short a timeframe.
- An offence has been created of giving false or misleading information about the content of waste loads (section 41), to address concerns that there may be in an increase in people lying about the waste they are delivering e.g., claiming that it is all green waste or other recyclable material to avoid paying the levy and then depositing incorrectly.
Two further changes were made as amendments to the Bill while in Committee in the Legislative Council:
- Updating the reference to the Appeal Tribunal as being the new Tasmanian Civil and Administrative Tribunal rather than RMPAT.
- Embedding the levy starting rate in the Bill rather than waiting for the Regulations. This gives greater certainty to local government sooner rather than later.
The Bill included in Schedule 3 some consequential amendments to other Acts. These relate to general waste regulation, and have been brought forward into the Bill because they have the potential to improve waste regulation in areas that may be impacted by the landfill levy, namely:
- Provide an offence for operating a Level 2 activity (such as a landfill) without an authority to do so.
- Adding a power for the EPA Board or Director to issue an EPN for a Level 2 activity.
- Remove biosolids from Schedule 2 (removing it as a level 2 activity).
Consultation on these amendments was undertaken by the Department in late 2019, through both a public process as well as through targeted consultation with a range of stakeholders likely to be affected by those proposed changes.
How will disbursement occur for the Regional Authorities?
The Government has made a commitment to replace the voluntary levies already imposed in some parts of Tasmania to fund regional, strategic waste management, infrastructure and education activities.
The Minister proposes to issue a Direction to the Waste and Resource Recovery Board requiring it to incorporate a role for local government regional waste management groups into its initial Waste Strategy and to establish a process whereby all the regional groups may apply for a disbursement to fund that role. The regional waste management groups would report to and be accountable to the Board for the use of the funds. This supports continuation of existing arrangements where councils already work together on waste and resource recovery projects.
The Minister intends that the amount of funding for this purpose be consistent across the State and leaves no regional waste management group worse off than under their current voluntary levy or equivalent arrangements.
In order to support our island municipalities that cannot readily participate in the regional waste management groups and suffer the tyranny of distance, these councils would be permitted to apply for an additional disbursement to support their waste and resource recovery activities.
Where can I find out more information?