Pre­pare for the new land­fill tax

Central and North Rural Weekly - - OPINION -

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.


GET READY: The new land­fill tax will start early next year.

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