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Waste legislation

Waste Reduction and Recycling Act 2011

The Waste Reduction and Recycling Act 2011 contains a suite of measures to reduce waste generation and landfill disposal and encourage recycling.

The legislation establishes a new framework to modernise waste management and resource recovery practices in Queensland. It will promote waste avoidance and reduction and encourage resource recovery and efficiency.

The key provisions of the Waste Reduction and Recycling Act 2011 include:

  • a requirement for Queensland Government agencies and local governments to prepare waste management plans
  • introduction of product stewardship arrangements for any waste products that are identified as a growing problem for landfill in the future
  • strengthened littering and illegal dumping offences, including public reporting of vehicle-related littering offences.

The Waste Reduction and Recycling (Waste Levy) Amendment Act 2019, which received royal assent on 21 February 2019, adds provisions to the existing Waste Reduction and Recycling Act 2011 which commenced on 1 July 2019. These amending provisions re-introduced the waste levy.

Waste Reduction and Recycling Regulation 2011

The Waste Reduction and Recycling Regulation 2011 sits under the Waste Reduction and Recycling Act 2011 and provides details about the new legislative framework.

The key provisions of the Regulation include:

  • fees for applications under the Waste Reduction and Recycling Act 2011
  • management of used packaging materials
  • details about who is required to plan and report about waste management.

The Waste Reduction and Recycling (Waste Levy) Amendment Regulation 2019, approved on 21 March 2019, provides details on the requirements to implement the waste levy. The provisions were added to the existing Waste Reduction and Recycling Regulation 2011 on commencement on 1 July 2019.

Local government waste management reforms

Queensland has State regulations that set out how councils can manage waste collection and disposal in their local government areas.

The Queensland Government is reviewing the regulations to ensure these meet the needs of councils, private waste companies, local businesses and communities.

The Local Government Waste Management Reforms Consultation Regulatory Impact Statement (PDF, 1.9 MB) was released for public consultation over the period 13 December 2019 to 10 February 2020.

Submissions have now closed and feedback is being considered.

For any further questions regarding the consultation process, or next steps in the review, please email the Office of Resource Recovery at WastePolicy@des.qld.gov.au.