Waste levy for local businesses
BUSINESSES in Port Douglas and Mossman will pay an extra $30 per year as part of a new waste levy.
The Waste Reduction and Recycling Regulation 2011 was passed last month.
Weekly bin collections for businesses, which is called a commercial cleansing, will now cost $353.93 per year instead of $321.90.
The new charge came into effect on December 1.
Commercial waste which is disposed of into landfill now attracts a waste levy of at least $35 per tonne.
Cairns Regional Council will collect the waste tax on behalf of the State Government.
The main purpose of the waste levy is to impose a levy on waste delivered to a landfill disposal site.
Council’s general manager of Waste and Water, Bruce Gardiner said the outcome could have been worse for businesses.
One issue hindering the recycling of glass by council at present is that due to occupational health and safety require- ments, fine particles of glass dust being released means the unit has been switched off until rectified.
“We are working towards getting this back into action as fast as we can because we are sending 8000 tonnes of glass a year to Brisbane to be crushed and the cost of transport is enormous,” Mr Gardiner said.
“Once we have the crusher up and running again we can look at value-adding by possibly taking glass from other smaller shires and crushing and then on-selling that for such things as road base material.”
Member for Cook, Jason O’brien said the introduction of the new levy was partly to raise money to help fund works to get the glass crusher back into service.
“And also it is hoped that the new levy would make businesses think about reducing the amount of waste they put into landfill sites,” he said.