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Queensland waste levy: What it means for you

DOMESTIC waste disposal fees for Somerset residents have remained unchanged under the Queensland Government’s new waste levy.

Published: July 1st 2019

DOMESTIC waste disposal fees for Somerset residents have remained unchanged under the Queensland Government’s new waste levy.

Officially introduced today, the levy impacts 39 councils across the state, or about 90 per cent of the state’s population.

Mayor Graeme Lehmann said the only Somerset site impacted by the levy was the Esk Refuse and Recycling Centre and Landfill at Coal Creek.

“Transfer stations at Coominya, Harlin and Kilcoy are not assessed under the levy regulation,” Cr Lehmann said.

“However, waste transferred from these sites to the Esk landfill forms part of the overall leviable waste for Somerset Regional Council.

“To facilitate the implementation of the levy, council successfully secured a State Government grant to install a weighbridge and improve security at the Esk site.

“Importantly, the government has committed to ensuring the levy has no direct impact on households.”

Cr Lehmann said council had installed new signage at the Esk site and released new promotional material to better explain the levy.

Waste loads explained

Small (Load up to)

  • Average sedan boot
  • Half a trailer
  • Half a utility tray
  • Not exceeding the equivalent of a 240L wheelie bin
  • Domestic $7, local commercial $20

Medium (Load up to)

  • Average sedan boot and back seats
  • Full station wagon boot
  • Full 4x4 or SUV wagon boot
  • Full passenger van boot
  • Full trailer
  • Full utility tray
  • Or equivalent
  • Domestic $10, local commercial $40

Large (Load up to)

  • Overfull trailer
  • Overfull utility tray
  • Full commercial van
  • Full utility with full trailer
  • Or equivalent
  • Domestic $13, local commercial $70

Extra large (Load up to)

  • Overfull trailer over full utility
  • Or equivalent
  • Domestic $26, local commercial $120

For more on Somerset waste facilities, visit somerset.qld.gov.au/waste-facilities.

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