Mayor Keith Campbell
Mayor Keith Campbell Tobi Loftus

Ratepayers won't be hit by waste levy, mayor says

FROM January 1, businesses and local governments will have to pay a levy for every tonne of rubbish they dump.

While final details of the exact cost won't be released until the Queensland Government releases its budget on Tuesday, South Burnett Mayor Keith Campbell estimates the council will be slogged about $70 a tonne.

"The state waste levy will start at $70 a tonne and increase by $5 per year over the next five years,” Cr Campbell said.

"There will be a higher levy charged for regulated wastes.”

The levy is designed to stop interstate businesses and large companies dumping waste free of charge.

Cr Campbell reckons the council won't pass on the costs to ratepayers.

"The state government will charge the council on the weight of rubbish that is delivered into the tip site but, on the other hand, it will have some formula or methodology to work out how much waste she should be dumped and will give us a credit, a refund for some sum of money,” he said.

It's expected that councils across the state will have a rebate system in the works.

This will push back the costs for dumping onto businesses which will have to pay for every tonne of waste they dispose of at the Kingaroy tip.

Cr Campbell said home owners who only used the kerb side collection wouldn't be affected.

"There won't be any additional charge for urbanised people who have a waste collection service provide for them at the moment,” he said.

In New South Wales, country residents and businesses pay a $81.60 levy.