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Levy rates

The waste levy will apply to general waste streams – municipal solid waste, commercial and industrial waste, and construction and demolition waste.

The levy will also apply to regulated (or hazardous) waste – more information is available on:

Type of waste

Levy rate (per tonne) in 2020-2021 financial year

Treated timber sawdust and shavings

$75 (1 July – 31 Dec)
$80 (1 Jan – 30 June)

Earth contaminated with a hazardous contaminant from land recorded on the environmental management register or contaminated land register

$75 (1 July – 31 Dec)
$80 (1 Jan – 30 June)

Regulated waste: Category 1

$155 (1 July – 31 Dec)
$160 (1 Jan – 30 June)

Regulated waste: Category 2

$105 (1 July – 31 Dec)
$110 (1 Jan – 30 June)

Other levyable waste

$75 (1 July – 31 Dec)
$80 (1 Jan – 30 June)

Exemptions for specific waste

$0

The waste levy for all classifications is proposed to increase by $5 on 1 July each year. To assist businesses in dealing with the financial impacts of COVID-19, the Queensland Government has deferred the increase of waste levy rates originally scheduled to take effect from 1 July 2020. A six month deferral to 1 January 2021 has been approved.

GST is not applied to the waste levy when a landfill operator pays the waste levy to the Queensland Government.

GST is applied to the waste levy when a landfill operator charges their customers a fee to cover their levy liability.

View a summary of levy requirements for operators—in the levy zone or in the non-levy zone.