The Queensland Government is introducing a levy on waste from 1 July 2019 at $75 per tonne. This is to be charged over and above any fees Council charges to deal with the waste. The levy will not affect the cost to residents putting out their kerbside wheelie-bins as the State is subsidising this. However, waste taken to any transfer station will attract an additional fee on top of any Council charges at the gate.

What does the levy mean for Mareeba Shire households?

The Queensland Government has provided Council with a payment to cover the cost of the levy for household domestic waste. This payment will not cover commercial waste from businesses or farms in the region.

What does the levy mean for businesses and farms?

Businesses and farms will incur the waste levy for any waste disposed to landfill from July 1 2019.  The proposed levy rate starts at $75 per tonne. This fee is an additional cost on top of the Council’s gate fee which simply covers the cost of dealing with the waste. To minimise the impact of paying the levy, businesses will need to reduce their waste generation and recycle as much material as possible.

What type of business and farm waste will incur the levy?

The levy will be imposed on all commercial waste including:

  • Packaging waste
  • Farm waste
  • Construction and demolition waste
  • Contaminated plastic fluming.

Can the impact on businesses be reduced?

Materials that are recovered, reused or recycled (that is, not sent to landfill) do not attract the levy. The more material a business can divert to recycling or resource recovery the less that business will pay on the waste levy.

How much is the levy?

The proposed levy rate starts at $75+GST per tonne.

Will exemptions apply?

Some wastes will be exempt from the State Government levy such as waste produced from declared natural disasters. Charitable organisations will also be eligible to apply for exemptions for waste donated that cannot be used or recycled.

Mareeba Shire Council does not issue and approve exemptions. This is a State Government responsibility.

The Queensland Government is working with the National Association of Charitable Recycling Organisations (NACRO) who will help charities with applications. For further information is

What assistance is available to local business?

The Queensland Government is expanding the ecoBIZ program to help small businesses reduce waste. For more information visit

Council also encourages businesses to visit Planet Ark Business recycling services at for useful information and advice.

Waste Levy Guides

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