Queensland State Government Waste Disposal Levy

The Queensland State Government introduced a Waste Disposal Levy (Waste Levy) on 1 July 2019.

The Waste Levy underpins the Waste Management and Resource Recovery Strategy developed by the Queensland Government. The strategy minimises waste being sent to landfills and diverts recoverable items for recycling.

The levy applies to all types of waste, with some exemptions. It applies to all businesses, organisations and commercial operators who generate waste and dispose of waste in Queensland, either directly or through service providers.

The waste levy for all classifications is proposed to increase by $5 per tonne each year on 1 July and this applies to all waste categories.

Waste levy per tonne

Waste Category 30 June 2021 to 30 June 2022
General waste $85
Regulated waste: Category 1 $165
Regulated waste: Category 2 $115

Learn more about Waste disposal fees and where concessions apply.

Domestic customers

Currently domestic waste (or Municipal Solid Waste) has no impact on residents as the State covers the cost of the levy. However, from July 2022 the State has given no indication that it will continue to cover the cost of the levy on domestic waste.

Residents can actively work towards reducing their potential impact of the levy by avoiding or minimising their waste sent to landfill. Some of the ways that residents can avoid or minimise waste include avoiding single use items, repairing, and reusing where possible.

Learn more about our waste and recycling initiatives which can assist you in minimising the impact of the levy.

A Household Waste and Payment Scheme has been developed for households who also have commercial waste collections to offset the cost of the levy.

Not-for-profit groups

Not-for-profit groups are encouraged to apply for a Waste Levy exemption through the National Association of Charitable Recycling Organisations (NACRO).

Commercial customers

For those with commercial operations, make sure you are ‘Waste Levy ready’.

You can reduce the cost of the levy by:

  • getting a commercial food waste recycling service
  • ensuring you have an appropriate size recycling bin to recycle as much as possible
  • amending your service requirements to ensure you are not being over-serviced
  • finding local waste recycling facilities and businesses in our recycling business directory, they can accept and collect your unwanted items
  • contacting ecoBiz - a free program which helps businesses to reduce their energy, water and waste costs
  • utilising ASPIRE which is an online matchmaking platform subsidised by us so that businesses for businesses with less than 100 employees.

Waste Levy rates are scheduled in the Waste Reduction and Recycling Regulation 2011.

Further information about the Waste Levy is available on the Queensland Government website at www.qld.gov.au/wastedisposallevy

Should you have any questions, please email Enquiries.QWDS@des.qld.gov.au.