Levy regulated area and levy rates

The waste levy applies in the regulated area of NSW which comprises the Sydney metropolitan area, the Illawarra and Hunter regions, the central and north coast local government areas to the Queensland border, as well as the Blue Mountains, Wingecarribee and Wollondilly local government areas.

The regulated area includes councils within the metropolitan levy area (MLA) and the regional levy area (RLA).

MLA councils

RLA councils

Bayside

Maitland

Ballina

Blacktown

Mosman

Bellingen

Burwood

Newcastle

Blue Mountains

Camden

Northern Beaches

Byron

Campbelltown

North Sydney

Clarence Valley

Canada Bay

Parramatta

Coffs Harbour

Canterbury-Bankstown

Penrith

Dungog

Central Coast

Port Stephens

Kempsey

Cessnock

Randwick

Kyogle

Cumberland

Ryde

Lismore

Fairfield

Shellharbour

Mid-Coast

Georges River

Shoalhaven

Muswellbrook

Hawkesbury

Strathfield

Nambucca

Hornsby

Sutherland

Port Macquarie-Hastings

Hunter's Hill

Sydney

Richmond Valley

Inner West

The Hills

Singleton

Kiama

Waverley

Tweed

Ku-ring-gai

Willoughby

Upper Hunter

Lake Macquarie

Wingecarribee

Wollondilly

Lane Cove

Wollongong

 

Liverpool

Woollahra

 

Scheduled waste disposal facilities

The waste levy is paid on

  • waste received from the regulated area, if the landfill is located outside the regulated area
  • all waste received at an EPA-licensed landfill, if the landfill is located in the regulated area

See exemptions from the waste levy

Scheduled waste facilities that are not scheduled waste disposal facilities

Under 10B of the Protection of the Environment Operations (Waste) Regulation 2014 (Waste Regulation), EPA-licensed waste facilities that are not waste disposal facilities (such as waste processing, resource recovery and waste storage facilities), incur a waste levy liability when

  • waste originating from the regulated area is received on site, for facilities which are located outside the regulated area.
  • waste is received on site, for facilities which are located in the regulated area

However, the liability is extinguished once the waste is sent offsite for lawful recycling, reuse or disposal. The liability becomes payable when

  • waste is stockpiled at the facility for more than 12 months, unless it has been processed at the facility to a standard required by a resource recovery order
  • waste is stockpiled above authorised amounts

Levy rates

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.

Waste levy rates 2022–23

The 2022–23 waste levy rates apply from 1 July 2022. In line with the Waste Regulation, the rates have increased by the Consumer Price Index, and the calculated fees are

  • Metropolitan Levy Area: $151.60 per tonne
  • Regional Levy Area: $87.30 per tonne

Concessional waste levy rates 2022-23

Virgin excavated natural material

  • Metropolitan Levy Area: $136.40 per tonne
  • Regional Levy Area: $78.60 per tonne

Recovered fines alternative daily cover

  • Metropolitan Levy Area: $37.90 per tonne
  • Regional Levy Area: $21.80 per tonne

The Recovered Fines Alternative Daily Cover Specifications (see NSW Government Gazette pages 1581-82) (PDF 579KB) must be met to receive the concessional levy rate.

Prescribed shredder floc

  • Metropolitan Levy Area: $94.80 per tonne
  • Regional Levy Area: $54.60 per tonne

The concessional levy rate only applies to shredder floc generated at facilities listed in a notice published by the EPA in the NSW Government Gazette.

Other levy rates

  • The levy on trackable liquid waste for 2022–23 is $81.20 per tonne. The levy rate for the Jun-Aug 2022 quarter (which extends across two financial years) is $80.40.
  • The coal washery rejects levy for 2022–23 is $15.70 per tonne.

Historical waste levy rates in the Regulated Area

Period

SMA

ERA

RRA

2021-22 $147.10 $147.10  $84.70 
2020-21 $146.00 $146.00 $84.10
2019-20 $143.60 $143.60 $82.70

2018-19

$141.20

$141.20

$81.30

2017-18

$138.20

$138.20

$79.60

2016-17

$135.70

$135.70

$78.20

2015-16

$133.10

$133.10

$76.70

2014-15

$120.90

$120.90

$65.40

2013-14

$107.80

$107.80

$53.70

2012-13

$95.20

$93.00

$42.40

2011-12

$82.20

$78.60

$31.10

2010-11

$70.30

$65.30

$20.40

2009-10

$58.80

$52.40

$10.00

Notes
The SMA and ERA are now collectively known as the Metropolitan Levy Area.
The RRA is now known as the Regional Levy Area.

Waste levy payment calendar (solid waste)

Waste levy period (month)

Waste Contribution Monthly Report due date

Waste levy payment due date

January 2022 26 February 2022 26 March 2022
February 2022 26 March 2022 26 April 2022
March 2022 26 April 2022 26 May 2022

April 2022

26 May 2022

26 June 2022

May 2022

26 June 2022

26 July 2022

June 2022

27 July 2022

26 August 2022

July 2022

26 August 2022

26 September 2022

August 2022

26 September 2022

26 October 2022

September 2022

26 October 2022

26 November 2022

October 2022

26 November 2022

26 December 2022

November 2022

26 December 2022

26 January 2023

December 2022

26 January 2023

26 February 2023

Levy payment calendar (coal washery rejects)

Levy period (month)

Payment due date

Jan 2022 26 Feb 2022
Feb 2022 26 Mar 2022

Mar 2022

26 Apr 2022

Apr 2022

26 May 2022

May 2022

26 Jun 2022

Jun 2022

26 Jul 2022

Jul 2022

26 Aug 2022

Aug 2022

26 Sep 2022

Sep 2022

26 Oct 2022

Oct 2022

26 Nov 2022

Nov 2022

26 Dec 2022

Dec 2022

26 Jan 2023

Levy payment calendar (trackable liquid waste)

Levy period

Payment due date

March - May 2022

28 June 2022

June - August 2022

28 September 2022

September - November 2022

28 December 2022

December 2022 - February 2023

28 March 2023

 

Notes

  • The waste levy can be paid at any time during the interval between the end of the levy period and the payment due date.
  • It is the responsibility of the occupier to ensure that all payments are received by the EPA on or before the due date.

Payment

The EPA must receive payment by the 26th day of the month following the month the report was made. For example, if the reporting period is July, the July report is due on 26 August and the levy payment due on 26 September. The recommended payment method is electronic funds transfer.

Reporting

Under Clause 22 of the Waste Regulation, scheduled waste facilities required to pay contributions under Section 88 of the Act must, within 26 days after the end of each month, submit to the EPA Waste Contribution Monthly Report for each reporting period.

Tracking waste from the Metropolitan Levy Area

All waste generated in the Metropolitan Levy Area (MLA) must be tracked when transported out of NSW (10 tonnes or more). There are certain exclusions for this requirement, which are legislated under the Protection of the Environment Operations (Waste) Regulation 2014. 

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