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Exemptions for disaster waste

The Department of Environment and Science may identify disaster waste as a levy exempt waste when it is notified by a local council of a serious local event or a disaster is declared under the Disaster Management Act 2003.

Rain or flood-affected waste generated by or because of the May 2022 rain and flooding events

The waste can only be from one of the local government areas listed in the table below.

It includes waste generated during the clean-up, repair, demolition (partial or whole) and/or reconstruction (partial or whole) of an affected building, item of infrastructure and public space. For a building or item of infrastructure, both its contents and structural and non-structural materials used in its construction are included.

Exempt waste declarations currently in effect
Rain or flood-affected waste from this local government area Can be disposed at these waste disposal sites Between these dates
Ipswich 1a
  • Bemcove – Acacia Ridge (C113311)
  • Remondis Australia Pty Ltd – Swanbank Landfill (C108533)
  • Veolia Environmental Services (Australia) Pty Ltd and JJ Richards Ti Tree Pty Ltd – Ti Tree Bioenergy (C114122)
From 6 May 2022 up to and including 16 September 2022
Lockyer Valley 2a
  • Gatton Landfill (C115797)
  • Laidley Waste Disposal Facility (C115810)
  • Remondis Australia Pty Ltd – Swanbank Landfill (C108533)
  • Toowoomba Waste Management Centre (Bedford Street) (C111058)
From 12 May 2022 up to and including 17 August 2022
Southern Downs
  • Warwick Central Waste Management Facility (C110360)
  • Stanthorpe Waste Management Facility (C110742)
  • Yangan Landfill (C110506)
From 18 June 2022 up to and including 15 July 2022

1a Declared exempt waste on 17 May 2022, in relation to the rain and flooding event for the local government area Ipswich. Declaration of waste as exempt waste – Ipswich City Council made by the Department of Environment and Science (PDF, 162 KB) .

2a Declared exempt waste on 18 May 2022, in relation to the rain and flooding event for the local government area Lockyer Valley. Declaration of waste as exempt waste – Lockyer Valley Regional Council made by the Department of Environment and Science (PDF, 163 KB) .

Rain or flood-affected waste generated by or because of the February–March 2022 rain and flooding events

The waste can only be from one of the local government areas listed in the table below.

It includes waste generated during the clean-up, repair, demolition (partial or whole) and/or reconstruction (partial or whole) of an affected building, item of infrastructure and public space. For a building or item of infrastructure, both its contents and structural and non-structural materials used in its construction are included.

Exempt waste declarations currently in effect
Rain or flood-affected waste from this local government area Can be disposed at these waste disposal sites Between these dates
Brisbane 1b
  • Bemcove Pty Ltd – Bemcove Acacia Ridge (C113311)
  • Nudgee Transfer Station and Temporary Landfill (C138432)
  • Remondis – Swanbank Landfill (C108533)
  • Rochedale Landfill (C105346)
  • Stapylton Green Energy (BMI) Pty Ltd – Stapylton Landfill and Transfer Station (C162683)
  • Veolia Environmental Services (Australia) Pty Ltd and JJ Richards Ti Tree Pty Ltd – Ti Tree Bioenergy (C114122)
  • Willawong Transfer Station and Temporary Landfill (C138319)
27 February 2022 to and including 26 August 2022
Disaster district of Maryborough (Fraser Coast) 2b
  • Maryborough Landfill (C100896)
  • Tinana Landfill (C100919)
  • Toogoom Landfill (C100773)
27 February 2022 to and including 26 August 2022
Gold Coast
  • Bemcove – Acacia Ridge (C113311)
  • Cleanaway Waste Management – New Chum (C110988)
  • Reedy Creek Commercial Waste and Recycling Centre (C102531)
  • Remondis – Swanbank Landfill (C108533)
  • Stapylton Commercial and Domestic Waste and Recycling Centre (C102418)
  • Stapylton Green Energy (BMI) – Stapylton Landfill and Transfer Station (C162683)
  • Veolia Environmental Services (Australia) Pty Ltd and JJ Richards Ti Tree Pty Ltd – Ti Tree Bioenergy (C114122)
From 28 February 2022 up to and including 27 August 2022
Gympie3
  • Gympie Waste Management Facility (C102777)
26 February 2022 to and including 25 August 2022
Ipswich
  • Bemcove – Acacia Ridge (C113311)
  • Browns Plains Waste & Recycling Facility (C102159)
  • Cleanaway Waste Management – New Chum (C110988)
  • Remondis – Swanbank Landfill (C108533)
  • Stapylton Green Energy (BMI) – Stapylton Landfill and Transfer Station (C162683)
  • Veolia Environmental Services (Australia) Pty Ltd and JJ Richards Ti Tree Pty Ltd – Ti Tree Bioenergy (C114122)
From 28 February 2022 up to and including 27 August 2022
Lockyer Valley
  • Bemcove – Acacia Ridge (C113311)
  • Cleanaway Waste Management – New Chum (C110988)
  • Gatton Landfill (C115797)
  • Laidley Waste Disposal Facility (C115810)
  • Remondis – Swanbank Landfill (C108533)
  • Stapylton Green Energy (BMI) – Stapylton Landfill and Transfer Station (C162683)
  • Toowoomba Waste Management Centre (Bedford Street) (C111058)
  • Veolia Environmental Services (Australia) Pty Ltd and JJ Richards Ti Tree Pty Ltd – Ti Tree Bioenergy (C114122)
From 28 February 2022 up to and including 27 August 2022
Logan
  • Bemcove – Acacia Ridge (C113311)
  • Browns Plains Waste & Recycling Facility (C102159)
  • Cleanaway Waste Management – New Chum (C110988)
  • Remondis – Swanbank Landfill (C108533)
  • Stapylton Green Energy (BMI) – Stapylton Landfill and Transfer Station (C162683)
  • Veolia Environmental Services (Australia) Pty Ltd and JJ Richards Ti Tree Pty Ltd – Ti Tree Bioenergy (C114122)
From 28 February 2022 up to and including 27 August 2022
Moreton Bay
  • Bemcove – Acacia Ridge (C113311)
  • Bunya Landfill (C103465)
  • Caboolture Landfill (C103588)
  • Cleanaway Waste Management – New Chum (C110988)
  • Dakabin Landfill (C103601)
  • Remondis – Swanbank Landfill (C108533)
  • Stapylton Green Energy (BMI) – Stapylton Landfill and Transfer Station (C162683)
  • Veolia Environmental Services (Australia) Pty Ltd and JJ Richards Ti Tree Pty Ltd – Ti Tree Bioenergy (C114122)
From 28 February 2022 up to and including 27 August 2022
Noosa
  • Bemcove – Acacia Ridge (C113311)
  • Cleanaway Waste Management – New Chum (C110988)
  • Eumundi Road Landfill (C109849)
  • Remondis – Swanbank Landfill (C108533)
  • Stapylton Green Energy (BMI) – Stapylton Landfill and Transfer Station (C162683)
  • Veolia Environmental Services (Australia) Pty Ltd and JJ Richards Ti Tree Pty Ltd – Ti Tree Bioenergy (C114122)
From 28 February 2022 up to and including 27 August 2022
North Burnett
  • Bemcove – Acacia Ridge (C113311)
  • Bundaberg Regional Landfill (C104771)
  • Childers Waste Management Facility (C104917)
  • Cleanaway Waste Management – New Chum (C110988)
  • Mundubbera Waste Management Facility (C115438)
  • Remondis – Swanbank Landfill (C108533)
  • Stapylton Green Energy (BMI) – Stapylton Landfill and Transfer Station (C162683)
  • Veolia Environmental Services (Australia) Pty Ltd and JJ Richards Ti Tree Pty Ltd – Ti Tree Bioenergy (C114122)
From 28 February 2022 up to and including 27 August 2022
Scenic Rim
  • Bemcove – Acacia Ridge (C113311)
  • Central Waste Management Facility (C108565)
  • Cleanaway Waste Management – New Chum (C110988)
  • Remondis – Swanbank Landfill (C108533)
  • Stapylton Green Energy (BMI) – Stapylton Landfill and Transfer Station (C162683)
  • Veolia Environmental Services (Australia) Pty Ltd and JJ Richards Ti Tree Pty Ltd – Ti Tree Bioenergy (C114122)
From 28 February 2022 up to and including 27 August 2022
Somerset
  • Bemcove – Acacia Ridge (C113311)
  • Cleanaway Waste Management – New Chum (C110988)
  • Esk Refuse and Recycling Centre and Landfill (C115551)
  • Remondis – Swanbank Landfill (C108533)
  • Stapylton Green Energy (BMI) – Stapylton Landfill and Transfer Station (C162683)
  • Veolia Environmental Services (Australia) Pty Ltd and JJ Richards Ti Tree Pty Ltd – Ti Tree Bioenergy (C114122)
From 28 February 2022 up to and including 27 August 2022
Sunshine Coast
  • Bemcove – Acacia Ridge (C113311)
  • Caloundra Landfill and Resource Recovery Centre (C109603)
  • Cleanaway Waste Management – New Chum (C110988)
  • Nambour Resource and Recovery Centre (C109726)
  • Remondis – Swanbank Landfill (C108533)
  • Stapylton Green Energy (BMI) – Stapylton Landfill and Transfer Station (C162683)
  • Veolia Environmental Services (Australia) Pty Ltd and JJ Richards Ti Tree Pty Ltd – Ti Tree Bioenergy (C114122)
From 28 February 2022 up to and including 27 August 2022
Toowoomba
  • Bemcove – Acacia Ridge (C113311)
  • Cleanaway Waste Management – New Chum (C110988)
  • Clifton Waste Facility (C112005)
  • Goombungee Waste Facility (C111553)
  • Greenmount Waste Facility (C111676)
  • Millmerran Waste Facility (C111317)
  • Pittsworth Waste Facility (C111430)
  • Remondis – Swanbank Landfill (C108533)
  • Stapylton Green Energy (BMI) – Stapylton Landfill and Transfer Station (C162683)
  • Toowoomba Waste Management Centre (Bedford Street) (C111058)
  • Veolia Environmental Services (Australia) Pty Ltd and JJ Richards Ti Tree Pty Ltd – Ti Tree Bioenergy (C114122)
  • Yarraman Waste Facility (C111812)
From 28 February 2022 up to and including 27 August 2022
Tweed (New South Wales)4
  • Veolia Environmental Services (Australia) Pty Ltd and JJ Richards Ti Tree Pty Ltd – Ti Tree Bioenergy (C114122)
From 2 March 2022 up to and including 1 September 2022
All local government areas in
New South Wales (NSW),
but limited to waste
generated by the March
2022 NSW flood and
severe weather event and
transported by contractors
and/or transporters
authorised by the NSW
Environment Protection
Authority or another
department of the NSW
state government 5
  • Veolia Environmental Services (Australia) Pty Ltd and JJ Richards Ti Tree Pty Ltd – Ti Tree Bioenergy (C114122)
  • Stapylton Green Energy (BMI) – Stapylton Landfill and Transfer Station (C162683)
  • Lantrak Waste and Recycling Pty Ltd – Swanbank Waste and Recycling Facility (C121032)
  • Remondis – Swanbank Landfill (C108533)
From 4 March 2022 up to and including 3 September 2022

1b State-declared disaster on 27 February 2022. Disaster Management Waste – Declaration of limits Brisbane Local Government Area exemption made by the Department of Environment and Science for Brisbane (PDF, 152 KB) .

2b State-declared disaster on 27 February 2022. Disaster Management Waste – Declaration of limits disaster district of Maryborough exemption made by the Department of Environment and Science for Fraser Coast (PDF, 141 KB) .

3 State-declared disaster on 26 February 2022. Disaster Management Waste – Declaration of limits disaster district of Gympie encompassing the Gympie Local Government Area exemption made by the Department of Environment and Science for Gympie (PDF, 133 KB) .

4 Declared exempt waste on 2 March 2022 in relation to the severe weather and flooding event within the Tweed local government area, New South Wales. Declaration of waste as exempt waste – Tweed Shire Council Area exemption made by the Department of Environment and Science (PDF, 118 KB) .

5 Declared exempt waste on 4 March 2022 in relation to all local government areas in New South Wales but limited to waste generated by the NSW flood and severe weather event and transported by contractors and/or transporters authorised by the NSW Environment Protection Authority or another department of the New South Wales state government. Declaration of waste as exempt waste – NSW EPA exemption made by the Department of Environment and Science (PDF, 172 KB) .

Declared exempt waste on 9 March 2022, with an amendment approved 14 March 2022, in relation to the severe weather and flooding event for specified local government areas in Queensland. Declaration of waste as exempt waste – Queensland (Section 35 of the WRR Act) exemption made by the Department of Environment and Science (PDF, 150 KB) .