The Waste and Resource Recovery Bill 2021 has been introduced into Parliament to support the Government’s vision for waste and resource recovery in Tasmania into the future. The Bill can be viewed on the parliament website.
The Bill sets out the establishment of the Waste and Resource Recovery Board to provide strategic oversight and drive our circular economy agenda. The Bill 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 Bill operates alongside the framework of Tasmania’s existing environmental regulation by the EPA 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 Bill (Parts 3 and 4) will not commence until proclamation. This is to allow the regulations to be developed, and for the Board to be established and develop its waste strategy in anticipation of the levy commencing on 1 July 2022.
The waste 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.
As important implementation details will be contained in supporting regulations, an Explanatory Paper on the Proposed Scope and Requirements of the Waste and Resource Recovery Regulations is available in the supporting materials below.
The Government will provide support for operators of landfills and resource recovery facilities impacted by the new regime to prepare for the introduction of the waste levy. Details of the program will be released once the legislative framework is finalised.
Further information on the Bill is available on the Waste Levy FAQs webpage.
Supporting material available:
Waste Levy Impact Study (PDF 3Mb)
Waste and Resource Recovery Regulations - Explanatory Paper (PDF, 260Kb)
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. .