Waste levy waived for flood affected communities

The NSW Government has waived the waste levy fee for residents disposing of flood generated waste in areas across NSW that have been declared Natural Disaster Areas.

Environment Minister Matt Kean said tens of thousands of people across the State are reeling from the effects of the record floods.

“First the drought, then the fires, a global pandemic and now floods – our communities have been devastated by unprecedented, consecutive challenges and we must do everything we can to support our citizens,” Mr Kean said.

“As flood waters in some parts of the State start to recede, residents will face a hard and painful clean-up process.

“We have waived the waste levy in flood affected areas to help move the mess quickly and safely.”

Residents in the 34 local government areas that have been declared natural disaster areas, will be able to dispose of all building materials, furniture and any other flood generated waste on both private and public land. 

The exemption applies from 10 March 2021 through to 30 June 2021 on debris and waste created by local flooding. Extensions will be granted upon request to 30 September 2021. The list of exempt local government areas will be updated as further natural disaster areas are declared.

“The people of NSW are resilient and the NSW Government stands ready to do everything we can to support communities as soon as it is safe for the clean-up to commence,” Mr Kean said.

Residents can check with their local council for the name, location and opening times of local facilities, as well as for any specific requirements to dispose of flood damaged waste. For more information visit: www.epa.nsw.gov.au/your-environment/waste/waste-levy