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Levy legislation

On 1 July 2019, the Queensland Government released the Waste Management and Resource Recovery Strategy to increase recycling and recovery and create new jobs. The strategy is underpinned by the waste levy.

The waste levy commenced on 1 July 2019 and is given legislative effect through the Waste Reduction and Recycling Act 2011 and Waste Reduction and Recycling Regulation 2011.

On 24 June 2022, the Waste Reduction and Recycling and Other Legislation Amendment Regulation 2022 was approved. This regulation amends the Waste Reduction and Recycling Regulation 2011 to give effect to the changes to the waste levy rate and zone that were announced in December 2021.

The levy laws allow eligible organisations to apply for exemptions and discounts from the levy, as well as require other administrative notifications and declarations.

For further enquiries, email ResourceRecovery@des.qld.gov.au.