Govt to penalise landfill users
BUSINESSES which pick up on recycling will be better off under a new Queensland Government waste strategy that strongly penalises landfill users.
The Government is going all out to reduce waste, boost new technology and create “green” jobs.
Its aim is to halve the waste going to landfill by 2020.
Climate Change and Sustainability Minister Kate Jones said in Ipswich yesterday that a key part of the reform process was the July 1 introduction of a levy on the disposal of business and construction waste to landfill.
“This levy does not apply to households,” Ms Jones said. “Households, in the main, are doing the right thing.
“Queensland is still Australia's biggest generator of waste and has one of the worst rates of recycling in the country.
“We have more waste going to landfill per capita than any other state in Australia.
“By dramatically increasing our recycling effort and helping business to be more sustainable, we can create a great new green industry while also protecting our environment.”
The final plank in the State Government's waste recycling strategy was announced at Ipswich Waste Services plant at Flinders View.
Ipswich Mayor Paul Pisasale said the launch of the strategy highlighted the success of recycling at the council-owned facility.
“Last month, just over 55 per cent of all waste delivered to the Riverview Transfer Station was recycled, which meant it did not go to landfill,” Cr Pisasale said.
“We must act now to reduce waste going to landfills.
“Instead of our landfill multiplying in the years ahead, we want green jobs and industry investment to multiply in Queensland.”
Businesses will be encouraged to reduce waste and recycle with the offer of government funding from March next year.
The Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Queensland (CCIQ) continues to oppose the waste-management levy.
But CCIQ president David Goodwin said the Government's commitment to use revenue raised through the levy to support Queensland business in their efforts to reduce waste was a significant win for business.
Mr Goodwin warned that the cost of waste minimisation should be equally shared across government, business and the household sector.
A more detailed business plan for the waste strategy will be delivered by the State Government in February 2011.