- February 6, 2024
- By: michael burnell
- in: Waste Management
Many state governments introduced some new adjustments to the waste levy on 1st July. The idea behind proposing a waste levy is to advance waste management procedures and help reduce the overall waste generated by residential or industrial properties. But what does that actually mean? And what do you need to do about it? We break it down for you below.
What Is A Waste Levy?
A waste levy is a concept where people and businesses who hire skip bins need to pay licensed landfills for the waste they generate. Technically, the Protection of the Environment Operations Act 1997 instructs specific licensed waste facilities in Victoria to contribute to each tonne of waste received at the landfill facility. This idea of imposing a waste levy expectedly promotes recycling and a few resource recovery management programmes.
The major modifications to the waste levy agenda contain:
- A mandate to submit waste levy statements quarterly
- The timeframe to pay off the waste levy is 64 business days once you get an email for payment
- Soil as a priority waste is no more an acceptable rebate
- You can apply for the rebate for waste transmitted for resource recovery within three months of collecting the trash
How Will A Waste Levy Affect You?
Solid waste released by residential or industrial properties emits harmful greenhouse gases and contaminates the natural ecosystems. Poor waste management results in air and water contamination, respiratory disease and hygiene concerns for the communities.
This is why the waste levy mandate alleviates the environmental disasters caused by the waste we all generate. The waste act prohibits excessive disposal for handling the side effects of out-of-hand dumping or uncontrolled waste treatment. So, the private waste holders, property or business owners all need to be very considerate about the waste they generate. The occupier needs to record municipal waste categorised as domestic waste, council waste, and even garden organics.
Present a Waste Levy Statement
Landfill operators must upload a waste levy statement on the EPA Portal quarterly. Levy statements include the amount of waste collected and the specifics about the recovered trash. Based on the levy statement the landfill operators provide, they get an amount to pay to the EPA.
Visit and register on EPA Portal to submit a waste levy statement. You can access your levy statement from the dashboard. The process demands you to declare the type and amount of received waste, attend to questions on the effects of the waste you have, answer questions on applicable ministerial waivers and allowable rebate claims, and attach supporting evidence to justify the details you have provided in the levy statement.
Once your levy statement is reviewed, you will receive an email notifying you about the payable amount. You are supposed to clear the payment within 64 business days of issuance.
These regulations on waste management are in place to encourage sustainable living and increase the awareness of environmental damage that the significant amount of waste can cause.
Kartaway is aware of the crisis that Australia is experiencing with elevated temperatures, extreme droughts, fire seasons, and floods. So, we divert waste from landfill and recycle recoverable waste for downstream industries and usages. We are also happy to help you navigate the new waste levy requirements. Talk to one of our experts at 1300 362 362 to know more on how we do waste management and opt for a skip bin hire across Melbourne, Adelaide, Brisbane, Sunshine Coast and Gold Coast.