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Queensland Waste Levy

The Queensland Government has developed a new resource, recovery and waste strategy to help reduce the disposal of waste to landfill, increase recycling rates and recover valuable resources.

The centrepiece of the strategy is a waste disposal levy.

  • Who introduced the levy?

    The Queensland Government introduced the waste levy.

  • When did the levy start?

    From 1 July 2019.

  • Why do we need the levy?

    Around 10.9 million tonnes of waste was produced in 2017-18 in Queensland, enough to fill almost 9,000 Olympic-sized swimming pools. The amount of waste we produce is also growing faster than our population.

    Queensland is a major underperformer in recycling and resource recovery with more than half (55%) of our waste ending up in landfill.

    One of the reasons for this is that Queensland was the only mainland state without a waste levy—resulting in Queensland becoming a hotspot for interstate rubbish.

    The levy will encourage business and industry to reduce, reuse and recycle more, only sending waste that cannot be recovered to landfill.

  • What is council's role?

    As the region’s landfill operator, the Central Highlands Regional Council is required to administer the levy and pay it to the state government.

    Council therefore determines how the levy is passed down to customers.

  • What does the levy mean to my residential household?

    The levy does not apply to wheelie bin waste or residential waste that you take to the landfill. However, the introduction of the levy has lead to some changes in council’s transfer station and tip operations, that may have an indirect impact on people. This includes reducing the opening hours. Scroll down in the FAQ’s to find out why council needs to do this.

  • What does the levy mean for my business?

    Business pay a waste levy. To reduce levy charges, businesses are encouraged to reduce waste generation and recycle as much as possible. The Queensland Government has helpful resources available here.

  • How much is the levy?

    The waste levy is applied to general waste streams, including municipal solid waste, commercial and industrial waste, and construction and demolition waste.

    The levy is also applied to regulated (or hazardous) waste.

    To find out about levy rates visit the Queensland Government’s waste disposal levy page.

  • Are there any exemptions or discounts on the levy?

    Some waste is exempt from the levy, such as waste from natural disasters and waste collected from around charity bins.

    The Queensland Government has more information on waste that is exempt from the levy.

  • Why is council limiting the hours of our local tip or transfer station?

    Due to potential increases in illegal dumping, council needs greater control and monitoring over the waste that is disposed of at landfills, transfer stations and bin stations.

    This means our region’s 18 waste facilities are manned or have restricted access.

    Because of current staff numbers and the vast size of our region, operating hours will have to be reduced to achieve this.


  • What are the new operating hours?

    Key access only was provided to local residents by 31 December 2019 for these facilities:

    • Bauhinia
    • Willows
    • Fernlees (closure by 30 June 2020)
    • Gindie
    • Anakie
    • Bogantungan
    • Comet (closure by 30 June 2020)

     Regular operating hours:

    Springsure 8.00 am to 11.30 am

    Thurs, Fri & Sat

    Rolleston 12.30 pm to 3.30 pm

    Thurs, Fri & Sat

    Dingo (closure by 30 June 2020) 11.00 am to 1.00 pm

    Mon, Thurs & Fri

    Tieri TBA
    Emerald 7.00 am to 5.00 pm

    Tuesday to Sunday (closed Mondays)

    Lochlees 8.00 am to 5.00 pm

    Monday to Friday

    8.00 am to 12.00 pm


    Blackwater 8.00 am to 5.00 pm

    Monday to Sunday

    Facilities with alternating weekend arrangements (as per community feedback):

    Week 1, 3 & 5 of the month Week 2 & 4 of the month
    Capella 8.00 am to 11.00 am

    Mon, Thurs & Sun

    8.00 am to 11.00am

    Mon, Thurs, Fri & Sat

    Duaringa 8.30 am to 11.00 am

    Wed, Thurs & Sat

    8.30 am to 10.30 am

    Wed, Thurs & Fri

    Sapphire/Rubyvale 8.00 am to 12.00 pm

    Tue, Fri & Sat

    8.00 am to 12.00 pm

    Tue, Fri & Sun

    Bluff 8.00 am to 1.00 pm

    Mon & Thurs

    11.30 am to 1.30 pm


    8.00 am to 1.00 pm

    Mon & Thurs

  • Does the waste levy mean there will be in increase in illegal dumping?

    Unfortunately, this may be the case. That’s why council is committed to ensuring all facilities are manned when open or have restricted access by community members only.

    Find out more about illegal dumping and how to report illegal dumping.

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