The Queensland Government is introducing a waste levy on 1 July 2019. The levy underpins the new waste management and resource recovery strategy, intended to increase recycling and recovery.

Burdekin Shire Council is included in the levy zone, which includes 39 of 77 local government areas. The full levy zone can be viewed here.

Who pays the levy?

The levy does not apply to domestic wheelie bin waste or self-hauled residential waste.

Commercial businesses in the Burdekin region will incur the waste levy.

The levy will be imposed on all commercial waste including:

  • Regulated waste as defined by the Environmental Protection Regulation 2008
  • General waste such as:Construction and demolition waste
  • Commercial and industrial waste
  • Municipal solid waste
  • Acid sulphate soil*
  • Contaminated land listed on a register*

*Exemptions may apply.

The proposed levy rate starts at $75 per tonne. Higher rates apply for regulated waste. This fee is an additional cost on top of the Burdekin Shire Council waste disposal charges.

How can the impact on businesses be reduced?

Materials that are recovered, reused or recycled (therefore not sent to landfill) do not attract the levy.

To minimise the impact of paying the levy, businesses will need to reduce their waste generation and recycle as efficiently as possible.

The more material that is diverted to recycling or resource recovery, the less possible impact the levy will have on businesses.

Useful links:

CCIQ ecoBiz is a free program funded by the Queensland Government that helps businesses save money through sustainability initiatives, including waste reduction.

For more information visit

Planet Ark Business Recycling
Planet Ark’s Business Recycling portal is Australia’s most comprehensive online database for recycling services.

For more information visit

For more information about the levy, click here. 

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