Hike in landfill charges

A NEW tax on landfill delivered to the Stotts Creek Resource Recovery Centre will come into effect next Wednesday.

The levy will add $10 per tonne to gate fees for landfill materials for the first year and then an additional $10 per tonne each year for the next six.

The rising toll was announced in last November's New South Wales Government mini-budget and is due to affect all rural landfills. The levy will be collected by Council and remitted to the State Government each month.

It will affect general waste, builder's waste, commercial waste, clean fill and contaminated waste.

As small vehicles, cars, trailers and utes are not weighted at the weighbridge, the State Government has attributed conversion factors which will add the equivalent of $3 to every ute or trailed load of waste material for the first year. Car/station wagon charges will increase by a flat rate of 60 per cent.

The aim of the levy is to provide economic incentive to reduce waste disposal and increase recycling and resource recovery.

A Tweed Shire Council spokeswoman said approximately 60,000 tonnes of landfill was taken through the Stotts Creek Resource Recovery Centre last year.

The spokeswoman also said services such as free drop-off of recyclables and reduced rates for disposal of green waste and rubble will continue, and are exempt from the levy.

Residents wishing to query the Waste and Environment Levy can call the NSW Department of Environment and Climate Change on 131 555.

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