The Tasmanian Government has today released its draft Waste and Resource Recovery Bill for public consultation, which will allow for the introduction of a waste levy in Tasmania.
The Bill also provides for the formation of a Waste and Resource Recovery Board to oversee Tasmania’s long term waste strategy, and allocate funds raised by the levy.
The Government is proposing to introduce a waste levy from November 1 2021.
To ensure businesses and local government have ample time to plan for the future, it is proposed that introduction of the levy will be staggered over four years, starting at $20 per tonne and rising to $60 after four years.
The levy will provide an incentive to divert waste from landfill and funding for innovative waste and resource recovery initiatives to help build a circular economy in Tasmania, supporting the creation of new jobs and businesses.
The introduction of a waste levy is a key action from Tasmania’s draft Waste Action Plan.
Public consultation on the draft Bill will close on Friday 12 March 2021.
Further information can be found at: www.dpipwe.tas.gov.au/environmental-management