Unfair waste levy on landfill removed to save council $400,000

Kyogle Council landfill site. Photo: Contributed

A historic unfairness on waste levy charges has been corrected meaning Kyogle residents will not have to pay a levy to dispose of waste at landfill for the next three years.

State MP Janelle Saffin said the waste levy is being removed from Kyogle LGA starting from this Friday, March 1 and running until  June 30, 2027.

The three-year exemption, which is part of an Amendment Regulation, will remove the $94 per tonne cost from the disposal of all waste to landfill.

It’s estimated this will save Kyogle Council about $400,000 a year.

Ms Saffin says Kyogle should never have been grouped in with coastal LGAs within the state’s Regional Levy Area.

The State Government is investing $356 million under the Waste and Sustainable Materials Strategy to fund critical recycling programs and to help reduce waste that goes to landfill and is subject to the NSW waste levy.

The Environment Protection Authority is doing a waste levy review.

The review is aimed at ensuring that the waste levy settings remain appropriate and that the levy is achieving its policy objectives.

For more information about this call the EPA Environment Line on 131 555.

Information for this report provided by the office of Janelle Saffin.

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