Grants of up to $100,000 have been allocated to councils and businesses to help them prepare for Tasmania’s landfill levy which starts on 1 July 2022.
The Tasmanian Parliament this year passed the Waste and Resource Recovery Act 2021 which establishes a state-wide levy to 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.
The Tasmanian Government is assisting councils and other operators to get ready for the changes, offering grants for equipment, upgrades, or changes to systems to support a smooth transition.
Grant recipients include Cradle Coast Envirowaste /A Heybridge Landfill, Mornington Park Waste Transfer Station, Hobart City Council, Flinders Council, Central Highlands Council, West Coast Council, Glenorchy City Council, Launceston City Council, Derwent Valley Council, Circular Head Council, Dulverton Regional Waste Management Authority, Devonport City Council, Burnie City Council, Meander Valley Council, enkins Hire Pty Ltd (Plenty) and Central Coast Council.
Grant recipients will use the funding for a variety of projects, including weighbridges, compliance management, training staff and project management.
Roger Jaensch, Environment Minister, said the facilities will ensure landfill and waste transfer stations are well prepared for the introduction of the levy.
“Our government has a number of strategies to reduce waste and improve resource recovery in the state, including the development and implementation of a container refund scheme, increased organic waste processing, phasing out of single use plastics, and improved litter reporting systems,” he said.
“This is a win for the environment and for jobs.”
For more information, visit: www.premier.tas.gov.au