State and territory governments have primary responsibility for managing waste through legislation, policy, regulation, strategy and planning, as well as permitting and licensing of waste transport, storage, treatment and disposal operations.
Introducing a waste levy is consistent with the approach applied by other jurisdictions and the unified direction of Environment Ministers.
The ACT Government announced as part of the 2018-19 budget that ongoing investment in better recycling and waste management will be supported through a levy on disposal of waste, bringing the ACT into line with New South Wales and other Australian jurisdictions.
The levy will initially be a 2019-20 gate fee increase for legislative fees for waste disposal and applied to commercial customers who drop-off waste to be landfilled at ACT Government facilities. All fees will be indexed by the usual 2.5 per cent, plus an additional approximate 7 per cent for commercial waste.
Please note that ACT residential waste drop offs will not be affected.