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Queensland's new resource recovery and waste strategy

On 20 March 2018, the Queensland Government announced it is developing a comprehensive new strategy underpinned by a waste disposal levy to increase recycling and recovery and create new jobs.

A new strategy will provide the resource recovery and waste sector with the policy certainty that has been lacking, leading to significant underinvestment in new and expanded resource recovery infrastructure in Queensland. It will also prioritise waste types for action and identify key re-investment opportunities.

To help develop the new strategy, the Recycling and Waste Management Stakeholder Advisory Group has been formed. View the Advisory Group’s Terms of Reference (PDF, 419KB).

The directions for a new strategy and initial details for the waste disposal levy are outlined in the Transforming Queensland’s Recycling and Waste Industry Directions Paper (PDF, 3.04MB).

Your input into the development of the new strategy and levy will ensure opportunities and challenges can be identified to ensure the transformation and growth of Queensland’s recycling and waste management industry.

Public consultation and input into the development of the new strategy and waste disposal levy closed on 29 June 2018. All submissions provided on the directions paper will inform the work being undertaken to transform and grow Queensland’s recycling and waste management industry. 

$100 million program for industry development

On 12 June 2018 the Queensland Government announced a $100 million funding program to work with business and local councils to develop a high-value resource recovery industry.

The funding will target three areas of focus:

  • Infrastructure or machinery up to $5 million on a dollar-for-dollar basis.
  • Incentives for the development of new large-scale facilities.
  • Support for advanced feasibility studies for innovative resource recovery, recycling and waste management projects.

The funding program is planned to open later in 2018.

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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Last updated
5 July 2018
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