The South Australian Government is helping communities affected by the Pinery bushfire by waiving the waste levy at local landfills and offering advice through the EPA on the disposal of waste, including animal carcasses.
Sustainability, Environment and Conservation Minister Ian Hunter said the usual waste fee will not be applied when residents are disposing of items damaged as a result of the Pinery fire at a licensed recycling facility.
“Under provisions of the Environment Protection Act 1993, I have authorised the removal of the waste levy for bushfire-affected properties,” Mr Hunter said.
“The waiver of the waste levy is appropriate in these circumstances and will apply to any licensed landfill, including those that are closest to the fire-affected areas at Dublin and Inkerman.”
The Minister said a significant amount of waste, including animal carcasses, bricks and concrete, timber, metals and chemicals is expected, which residents would need effective support to dispose of.
The EPA and PIRSA are also working to support farmers with on-site burial to avoid transport and associated disposal costs.
The EPA has more information on its website on waste management, disposal of animal carcasses, fire-affected asbestos, disposal of contaminated water and other issues that may arise.