State Government’s Waste Disposal Levy

Information for commercial customers

The Queensland Government introduced a waste disposal levy on 1 July 2019 bringing Queensland into line with the majority of other Australian states with a waste disposal levy already in place. 

The levy – which is part of a new state-wide waste strategy to increase recycling and resource recovery and reduce the amount of waste going to landfill –  will apply to all commercial waste sent to landfill in the levy zone.

Redland City is included in the levy zone (which covers about 90 per cent of the state’s population) so Council is required by legislation to pay the levy on waste sent to landfill. 

Questions & Answers

The levy commenced on Monday 1 July 2019.

Businesses will incur the waste levy. For businesses to minimise their costs, they will need to reduce their waste generation and recycle as much as possible.

  • Mixed waste (municipal solid waste) e.g. general waste received at a waste facility/landfill or collected from the kerbside
  • Commercial mixed waste (C&I) e.g. commercial waste generated by a business or when undertaking work for fee or reward
  • Construction and demolition waste (C&D) e.g. building and construction materials sent to landfill

Materials that are recovered, reused or recycled (not sent to landfill) are not subject to the levy.  Commercial asbestos (or asbestos containing materials) will not be subject to the levy. 

The waste levy will be charged at $75 per tonne ex GST (plus $3.75/tonne administration fee) for the 2019/20 financial year. Some regulated wastes will incur a higher charge per tonne. The levy charge will be included in Council's commercial fees and charges.

Yes, the levy will be included in Council’s commercial waste and recycling utility charges. The levy is applied proportionate to the size of waste bin provided. For example, a 240L waste bin will have an average deemed weight of 15kg.

Yes, the levy will be included in Council’s commercial waste disposal fees and charges. Commercial customers who visit Birkdale Recycling and Waste Centre will be weighed in and out and a tonnage rate will be applied.  Commercial customers using all other sites (including islands) will be charged a flat fee based on the size of the waste load. 

The State Government has an exemption in place for not-for-profit organisations that meet specific criteria. More information is available from the National Association of Charitable Recycling Organisations (NACRO).

Businesses in the Redlands are encouraged to look at ways of reducing their waste and there are many programs that can assist.

Visit ecoBiz or PlanetArk to assist you and your organisation to become a more sustainable workplace.

Now is a good time to introduce or improve recycling in your business. Office paper, aluminium cans, milk cartons and cardboard boxes can all be recycled in the yellow top recycling bin. By removing these items from the waste bin means you will avoid paying the levy on these valuable resources.

Visit Council’s online A-Z of waste and recycling for a comprehensive list of what items are recyclable – and tips on diverting those that aren’t from landfill.

If you don’t have a recycle bin at your business, contact Redland City Council on 3829 8999 or visit to order one.

All commercial waste disposed of at Council’s Recycling and Waste Centres – as well as waste from commercial wheelie bins – is transported to a landfill outside of Redland City. The levy is charged locally as the State has specified it must be collected at the point of disposal.

More information?

For more information about the levy including rates, exemptions and waste reduction programs, visit the Queensland Waste Disposal Levy website or phone the Department of Environment and Science on 13 7468 (13 QGOV).