One of the first tasks for the new Environment Minister – Andrew Powell will be to repeal the former Government’s Waste Levy.
The previous Labor Government only recently introduced a Waste Tax in December 2011, with a focus on reducing waste & promoting improved resource recovery.
The was introduced as an industry waste levy to create a price signal to encourage waste generators to focus on waste avoidance & resource recovery & to discourage unnecessary landfill disposal. The levy was designed to ensure a level of consistency with waste disposal costs in other states to deter unnecessary disposal of interstate waste in Queensland.
It remains to be seen if the Qld LNP Government will still provide funding for programs that help establish better waste avoidance, resource recovery practices & overall waste management initiatives.