Ratepayers won't face extra costs for waste levy: Council
NORTH Burnett Regional Council has reassured ratepayers there will be no additional costs to households as a result of the introduction of the State Government's waste levy - for now.
In a waste levy FAQ post on its website, the council said the State Government had committed there would be no "direct” impact on households, as councils would receive annual payments to offset the costs of implementation.
"Unfortunately, this assistance is not guaranteed after 2022,” it said.
It also said kerbside collection costs and landfill fees would not rise above CPI "in the interim”.
The levy, introduced from July 1, is $75/tonne of waste council sends to landfill, which will rise $5/tonne annually.
About 6000 tonnes of waste is sent to landfill annually in the North Burnett, the council said.
Council said it had undertaken extensive planning to reduce its costs resulting from the levy, including constructing a new weighbridge at Mundubbera (100 per cent subsidised), introducing a new waste software system, nominating resource recovery areas at landfill sites, and constructing waste transfer stations across the region (60 per cent subsidised).
It has also explained why the North Burnett did not have kerbside recycling.
"Kerbside recycling requires significant operational costs to collect, sort, bale and transport materials,” it said.
"Council does not have the economies of scale (population and waste volume) to make kerbside recycling financially viable.”
Council said, because of "limited” recycling opportunities for North Burnett businesses, it would maintain commercial garbage rates and landfill fees "similar to last year” for them, despite many other councils passing on the levy to commercial customers.