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Queensland Waste Levy

The Queensland Government is developing a new waste management and resource recovery strategy to reduce the amount of waste that is disposed of to landfill and increase recycling and resource recovery across Queensland. As part of this strategy a new waste levy will be introduced from the 1st July 2019. The levy will be applied to all waste disposed to landfill.

Queensland sends 55% of its waste to landfill and is the only mainland state without a waste levy - resulting in Queensland becoming a hotspot for interstate rubbish.

This will not affect the cost for residents putting out their kerbside wheelie bins or taking rubbish to one of Logan City Council’s waste and recycling facilities.

Customers disposing of commercial waste will see increased costs for disposal of waste to landfill but can avoid and reduce the increased fees through improved recycling practices.

For more information visit Waste Disposal Levy.

When does the levy commence?

The waste levy will commence on 1 July 2019.

What does the levy mean for Logan households?

The levy does not apply to domestic wheelie bin waste or self-hauled domestic waste. Council will continue to issue 4 free tipping waste vouchers to owners of residential properties in the City that can be redeemed for domestic self-haul waste.

What does the levy mean for businesses?

The introduction of the waste levy will result in an increase of fees for customers disposing of commercial waste. The tip fees for the following commercial waste types will increase from 1 July 2019 to include the waste levy:

  • General waste;
  • Commercial or industrial waste;
  • Construction or demolition waste;
  • Regulated waste (as defined by the Environmental Protection Regulation 2008).

Commercial customers are encouraged to look at how they can reduce waste, separate waste streams and recycle more, to help reduce the costs of sending waste to landfill.

Queensland Government Waste Levy - Business Fact Sheet

How much is the levy?

The levy rate will be $75 per tonne, GST exc. Regulated waste incurs a higher rate. The waste levy will be collected by Logan City Council as part of the waste disposal fees.

Commercial customers using the Browns Plains or Carbrook facilities (weighbridge sites) will be weighed in and out and a tonnage rate applied. Commercial customers using the Greenbank or Logan Village facilities (non-weighbridge sites) will be charged a flat fee based on the size of the waste load. Commercial customers are therefore encouraged to use the Browns Plains facility for accurate weight based charging.

Where in Queensland will the levy apply?

Logan City Council is one of 33 Local Government areas in the proposed levy zone. The Queensland proposed levy zones can be viewed at Waste Disposal Levy.

What help is available for households?

Many Logan families are already doing their bit to reduce their household waste and boost recycling. Every small action you take can make a big difference. For further information and resources visit For Residents Guide.

What help is available for businesses?

Businesses are encouraged to look at how they can reduce waste, separate waste streams and recycle more, to help reduce the costs of sending waste to landfill.

ecoBiz is a free program funded by the Queensland Government that helps businesses save money across their energy, water and waste bills. The program helps businesses understand energy, water and waste costs and educates to save money through sustainability initiatives. 

For further information contact ecoBiz.

Can I get a waste levy exemption or discount?

Some exemptions and discounts are available on application to the State Government. Visit Waste and Resource Recovery.