Landfill levies have been waived for residents in bushfire affected areas across Victoria, following an announcement from state Premier Daniel Andrews.
“As Victorians begin returning to their homes and land following the recent bushfires, the state government will make sure people can dispose of their bushfire waste without paying the landfill levy,” Mr Andrews said.
“This is practical and immediate support for people who are undertaking the heartbreaking task of cleaning up their homes and properties.”
According to Mr Andrews, bushfire waste includes debris from homes, businesses, sheds, stock, fencing and equipment that has been damaged.
“The levy waiver will also make it easier for people to dispose of dead livestock,” he said.
The Victorian EPA will work with landfill operators and councils in fire-affected areas to apply for the exemption.
“If residents or business owners have any questions or concerns about bushfire waste clean up and disposal, they can contact EPA for further information,” Mr Andrews said.
The exemption follows similar measures in NSW, with the state government waiving the levy in bushfire natural disaster areas in November 2019.
NSW Environment Minister Matt Kean said thousands of people across NSW are reeling from the effects of the November bushfires, which are still burning.
“We know that the effects of these bushfires will be felt for months, and even years to come, and we hope that this streamlined waste process can provide a little relief for those coping with the effects of these horrible bushfires,” he said.
The NSW exemption will apply until 29 February 2020.