Prepare for the new landfill tax
THE Queensland Farmers’ Federation is urging farmers and rural communities to be ready for a new landfill tax in early 2019, following the introduction of new legislation into State Parliament.
The Waste Levy will begin on March 4, 2019 and will be set at $70 per tonne for general waste escalating up to $150 per tonne for Category 1 regulated wastes sent to landfill. It will include 38 local government areas and cover 90 per cent of Queensland’s population.
QFF president Stuart Armitage said the agricultural sector was continuing to demonstrate stewardship of the resources it used and maximise recycling opportunities across the industry, but farmers needed to consider how the levy would impact their businesses when it was introduced.
“QFF has been working with farmers and rural communities to recognise the importance of farm sustainability and to grow and develop the resource recovery sector in Queensland,” he said.