New waste levy will 'encourage recycling'
WASTE delegates and industry representatives from across Queensland gathered at the MECC for an important meeting.
The Local Authority Waste Management Advisory Committee discussed the Queensland waste strategy, the introduction of the new waste levy on July 1 and the Queensland waste and resource recovery infrastructure plan.
Councillor at Cassowary Coast and LAWMAC member Glenn Raleigh said the waste levy would help to encourage people to recycle.
"At the end of the day, the waste levy will help to reduce landfill and as a community we need to reduce the amount of landfill we create each year," he said.
"The waste levy will encourage councils and organisations to think of other ways to reduce their landfill, and recycling is one of those ways."
Mr Raleigh said the container refund scheme had created more than 500 jobs in Queensland.
"About three million containers a day are returned in Queensland," he said.
"That's a huge reduction in the amount of rubbish going to landfill. About $40m worth of containers has been returned under the scheme so far."
The benefit of the LAWMAC meeting was the sharing of ideas and thoughts from delegates from all over the state.
"It brings the councils and the industry players together and we get a pool of ideas for discussion," Mr Raleigh said.
"Everyone gets the chance to discuss problems, changes or initiatives and their voice is heard."