Queensland's new waste strategy

The Queensland Government is developing a comprehensive new Waste Management and Resource Recovery Strategy (PDF, 4.33MB), underpinned by a waste disposal levy, to attract investment, develop new jobs and industries and reduce waste.

The draft waste strategy aims to deliver the long-term, sustained growth of the recycling and resource recovery sector while reducing the amount of waste produced by promoting more sustainable waste management practices for business, industry and households.

A Community Summary (PDF, 3.01MB) has been developed to provide simple actions to help Queenslanders reduce their own waste, boost recycling and reduce the impact of rubbish in our natural environment.

The goal is for Queensland to become a zero-waste society, where waste is avoided, reused and recycled to the greatest possible extent, and everyone will have a role to play.

To support the transition, the Queensland Government proposes to take the following key actions:

  • Work with councils to raise awareness about recycling options available locally.
  • Deliver information and education programs that support waste avoidance, repurposing, reuse, recycling, and litter and illegal dumping prevention.
  • Support councils to improve waste and recycling collection services and tackle problem wastes.
  • Work with businesses to reduce excessive packaging and make packaging waste recyclable.
  • Make government purchasing decisions that avoid waste and support products containing recycled materials.
  • Support research into new uses and markets for recycled materials.
  • Support infrastructure investment in locations to help improve community access to recycling.

Development of the draft strategy

The draft strategy has been developed following:

Investigation into the transport of waste in Queensland

In August 2017, the Queensland Government commissioned the Honourable Peter Lyons QC, former Supreme Court Judge, to undertake an investigation into the transport of waste into Queensland.

The investigation found there is a real prospect that the quantity of waste from interstate will continue to increase under the current policy framework.

The key recommendation of the investigation is that Government consider implementing a general levy on all waste disposed of at landfill in Queensland.

On 20 March 2018, the Government released the report and its response to the recommendations.

The Queensland Government supports the re-introduction of a waste disposal levy and is working with stakeholders to design it so there is no direct cost impact on households.

View the final report from the Investigation into the transport of waste in Queensland (PDF, 662KB).

View the Government response to the investigation (PDF, 265KB).

A report prepared by the Queensland Treasury Corporation that identifies opportunities for Queensland’s waste industry (PDF, 3.8MB) provides further context.

Queensland's current waste and recycling strategy

View the Queensland Waste Avoidance and Resource Productivity Strategy (2014–2024) (PDF, 8.4MB).

A review of this strategy was completed, with a report included as Appendix 1 in the Transforming Queensland’s Recycling and Waste Industry Directions Paper (PDF, 3.04MB).

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