QLD waste levy: WMAA addresses committee in Ipswich
4 October 2018
CEO of the Waste
Management Association of Australia (WMAA), Gayle Sloan, was in Ispwich
today, representing industry in a public hearing on Queensland’s Waste Reduction and Recycling (Waste Levy) and Other Legislation Amendment Bill.
WMAA is supportive of
the State Government’s plan to re-introduce the landfill levy as it
creates a much-needed economic incentive to divert waste from landfill.
is one of the largest generators of waste, increasing by about 24% from
2006/07 to 2014/15. Yet it is one of the poorest diverters of waste
from landfill in Australia, currently diverting only 48% from landfill,”
Ms Sloan said at the hearing, adding that while a landfill levy is not a
silver bullet, it is certainly a proven economic tool that should be
used as part of a suite of Government instruments and levers.
landfill levy is a proven economic tool that supports diversion
targets. It’s not the total solution and can’t fix our throw away
society by itself, but it is one cog in a strategic waste strategy that
Queensland needs and is developing with the recently released
‘Transforming Queensland’s Recycling and Waste Industry directions
paper,” Ms Sloan said.
WMAA has developed a submission
to the Bill, which Ms Sloan reiterated at the hearing. She emphasised
that the Bill will allow Queensland to catch up with the rest of
Australia and the developed world in moving towards a circular economy,
which will have numerous positive impacts on the State’s economic,
environmental, and social health.
strongly believe that this industry will be the next resources boom for
Queensland, creating jobs and investment that have not previously been
viable due to the lack of a levy and a strong plan for Queensland,” Ms
is important to acknowledge that the waste and resource recovery
industry, is in fact, a resource manager. As such, we must move rapidly
away from a linear approach to managing waste and support the waste
management hierarchy. Queensland can do this by supporting industry to
deliver the prescribed outcomes by creating certain regulatory and
policy settings, and ensuring the investment of levy monies in the waste
and resource recovery industry and community.”
are compelling reasons to encourage the development of a secondary
manufacturing industry. For one, 9.2 jobs are created for every 10,000
tonnes recycled. And WMAA is pleased to see that the Queensland
Government is on the same page.
Queensland levy regime has more incentives and discounts to incentivise
the use of recycled material than any other regime in Australia. This
is a clear attempt to incentivise the use of these materials in
manufacturing and make these competitive with virgin material, for which
the Queensland Government must be congratulated,” Ms Sloan said.
is now urging the Government to consider recommendations raised by
industry ahead of the levy roll-out to ensure the opportunities that
will arise from a landfill levy are fully maximised.
needs to think about a whole-of-government approach to our essential
industry, including using levy funding to replicate the approach to
market development taken by both Victoria and SA, with market
development agencies such as Sustainability Victoria and Green
Industries SA,” Ms Sloan said.
“We cannot simply regulate our way to success; we need to develop markets and demand for recycled product in Queensland.”
also highlighted several areas that should be addressed before the Act
is adopted, including the $5 million ‘levy readiness’ grant funding,
which WMAA wants extended to all industry participants.
challenges in meeting the 4 March 2019 levy start date, including
infrastructure upgrades and fee changes, are not unique to local
government. This funding should be offered on a 100% basis to all; we
need to end the days of a two-speed economy in Queensland” Ms Sloan
said, adding, “Any adjustment to the levy should also occur in line with
financial year and not calendar year to avoid duplication of
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