WASTE NOT: Tom Tuan and other restaurant owners’ waste bills will increase from December 1 due to a waste levy.
WASTE NOT: Tom Tuan and other restaurant owners’ waste bills will increase from December 1 due to a waste levy. John Gass

Waste bill rise December 1

LEE'S Cakes and Pastries' monthly waste bill has already increased by $150 in the past six months.

A State Government Waste Levy will add $35 per tonne to this figure from December 1.

Owner of the Palm Beach store Tom Tuan said waste costs normally rose based on the Consumer Price Index but the new levy would increase costs "a lot".

"They must need the money or something, I don't know," Mr Tuan said.

"Because we're by ourselves and don't share waste we have to pay the total and, whether full or not, it's the same amount."

Currumbin MP Jann Stuckey said most businesses were not aware of the levy's approach and effect.

"Commercial waste will attract a base rate of $35 per tonne and an average restaurant is expected to see a $3120 increase in their annual waste collection fees just from this levy alone," Ms Stuckey said.

She said average household waste had risen in recent years to 267kg per resident annually but Queensland businesses were accounting for only 48% of recovered waste compared with 36% residential.

"The Chamber of Commerce and Industry Queensland has found most businesses are willing to support recycling and sound environmental practices, however most businesses believe they have little to no opportunity to increase their recycling and recovery capacity," she said.

"In short, Queensland businesses need more than another tax to boost recycling."

Burleigh MP Christine Smith said a comprehensive set of support programs for business, local government and the community would coincide with the levy, such as a $750 cash subsidy.

"Businesses currently pay for their waste three times - when materials are brought on site, waste materials are moved around the site and when waste is disposed of," Mrs Smith said.

"By accessing the cash subsidy, companies can find the best solution to cut costs, keep valuable materials out of landfill and avoid paying the Industry Waste Levy."

Mr Tuan said his waste recovery provider Cleanaway informed him of the levy. "Everyone will survive this because when you've been in a business and you love to do it you will stick to what you love to do, especially now jobs are hard to find," he said.

Visit www.derm.qld.gov.au for more information.



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