Waste levy for lo­cal busi­nesses

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - BUSINESS - PAUL MIL­TON BUT­LER

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.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Australia

© PressReader. All rights reserved.