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Waste and recycling

Waste levy for scheduled waste disposal facilities

This information applies to waste other than trackable liquid waste and coal washery rejects.

What does the waste levy do?

One of the NSW Government’s key priority actions is to increase recycling to limit the need for new landfills, reduce landfill disposal and turn waste into valuable resources. The Government has a range of policies in place to increase recycling and divert valuable resources from landfill back into the economy. The key economic instrument for greater waste avoidance and resource recovery is the waste levy.

Who is required to pay the waste levy?

Scheduled waste disposal facilities (i.e. EPA-licensed landfills) where they are located in the regulated area or receive waste from a regulated area.

What is the regulated area?

Regulated areas include councils within the metropolitan levy area (MLA) and the regional levy area (RLA).

MLA councils

RLA councils

Ashfield

Maitland

Ballina

Auburn

Manly

Bellingen

Bankstown

Marrickville

Blue Mountains

Blacktown

Mosman

Byron

Botany Bay

Newcastle

Clarence Valley

Burwood

North Sydney

Coffs Harbour

Camden

Parramatta

Dungog

Campbelltown

Penrith

Gloucester

Canada Bay

Pittwater

Great Lakes

Canterbury

Port Stephens

Greater Taree

Cessnock

Randwick

Kempsey

Fairfield

Rockdale

Kyogle

Gosford

Ryde

Lismore

Hawkesbury

Shellharbour

Muswellbrook

Holroyd

Shoalhaven

Nambucca

Hornsby

Strathfield

Port Macquarie-Hastings

Hunter’s Hill

Sutherland

Richmond Valley

Hurstville

Sydney

Singleton

Kiama

The Hills

Tweed

Kogarah

Warringah

Upper Hunter

Ku-ring-gai

Waverley

Wollondilly

Lake Macquarie

Willoughby

 

Lane Cove

Wingecarribee

 

Leichhardt

Wollongong

 

Liverpool

Woollahra

 

 

Wyong

 

What is the levy paid on?

The levy is paid on all waste received at an EPA-licensed landfill. Further information on exempted waste is available on the Exemptions for the waste levy webpage.

What are the levy rates?

From 1 July 2014 to 30 June 2015  the following rate applies:

  • MLA: $120.90 per tonne
  • RLA: $65.40 per tonne

Concessional levy rates

  The 2014-15 concessional levy rate for virgin excavated natural material is:

  • Metropolitan Levy Area: $108.81 per tonne
  • Regional Levy Area: $58.86 per tonne.

 The 2014-15 concessional levy rate for shredder floc is:

  • Metropolitan Levy Area: $60.45 per tonne
  • Regional Levy Area: $32.70 per tonne.

Before the beginning of each financial year, the EPA notifies EPA-licensed landfills of the levy rates for that year (including adjustments for the consumer price index) that are applicable for MLA or RLA councils. How do the MLA or RLA rates apply?

Waste source

Waste received in

Applicable levy rate

MLA

MLA

MLA

MLA

RLA

MLA

MLA

rest of NSW

MLA

RLA

MLA

MLA

RLA

RLA

RLA

RLA

Rest of NSW

RLA

rest of NSW

MLA

MLA

rest of NSW

RLA

RLA

Where the facility has kept inadequate records, the EPA will assess and calculate the levy liability.

When is payment made?

Payment must be received by the EPA within 56 days from the end of the month from when the waste was received.

How is payment made?

To ensure timely payment of the Levy it is recommended that it be paid by electronic funds transfer to the EPA. Where this is not possible, a cheque must be received by the EPA within the prescribed period.

What else needs to be done?

There is a requirement to submit monthly reports known as a Waste Contribution Monthly Report (WCMR). The WCMR is required to be provided to the EPA within 56 days from the end of each month.

Page last updated: 30 March 2015