Tasmania to introduce waste levy

The Tasmanian Government has announced it will be introducing a state-wide waste levy for the state, a move that has been ‘warmly welcomed’ by the Local Government Association of Tasmania.

LGAT’s President, Mayor Doug Chipman, said that the Local Government sector had been advocating for the introduction of such a scheme, saying that broad, state backed action is welcomed.

Cr Chipman said that in conjunction with the recently announced container deposit scheme, the state was on track to lay ‘critical foundations’ to improve resource recovery around the state.

“As a sector, Local Government has been calling for action and leadership on waste and recycling and so it is pleasing to see the State Government announcing a Statewide waste levy and the release of the draft Waste Action Plan” Mayor Chipman said.

The State Government will be consulting on the draft Waste Action Plan and Local Government looks forward to working with the Government on finalising the other important aspects of the draft Plan.

“We welcome the commitment by the State Government to also develop legislation to control how the revenue collected from the levy will be directed. This will ensure resources applied to supporting industry councils and the community in developing markets for recycled product and improving resource recovery” said Mayor Chipman.

“LGAT will work collaboratively with the State Government to support this important initiative” said Mayor Chipman.

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