Grant scheme helps prepare for landfill levy

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The Tasmanian Liberal Government recently passed new legislation that will drive growth in the resource recovery sector, creating new businesses and jobs.

The Waste and Resource Recovery Bill 2021 establishes a statewide levy that will encourage the diversion of materials from landfill and drive investment in alternatives to landfill, so more materials will be recovered from waste streams and turned into new and valuable products.

The levy is expected to support the creation of up to 130 new full-time positions in the waste and resource recovery sector once the maximum levy rate is reached.

To support the development of the infrastructure required to collect the levy, the Tasmanian Government is launching a grants scheme to support landfill and resource recovery operators, such as local councils, to have appropriate facilities to collect data on the amount and types of waste being disposed. This might include weighbridges, computer upgrades, traffic control or staff training.

While most landfills in Tasmania are run by local government, larger recyclers are also invited to apply for this levy readiness grant funding.

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