The Queensland Government is developing a new resource, recovery and waste strategy to help reduce the disposal of waste to landfill, increase recycling rates and recover valuable resources.

The strategy will be underpinned by a waste disposal levy.


For more information visit: 


Who has introduced the levy?

The Queensland Government has introduced the waste levy.

When did the levy commence?

The waste levy commenced on July 1, 2019.

What does the levy mean for households in Douglas?

The levy does not apply to Council’s wheelie bin waste or self-hauled residential waste so households will not incur any direct costs associated with the levy.

What does the levy mean for business?

The levy does not apply to Council’s wheelie bin waste collection, however businesses will incur the waste levy for self-hauled landfill waste which is taken to one of Council’s Transfer Stations. The levy may also apply to private waste collection arrangements. Businesses need to reduce waste generation and recycle as much as possible to minimise paying the waste levy.

How much is the levy?

The levy rate will start at $75 per tonne, GST exc. For more information on the proposed levy rates visit: 

Where in Queensland will the levy apply?

Douglas Shire Council is included in the levy zone.
The Queensland levy zones can be viewed at:

 Can I get a waste Levy exemption or discount

Some wastes will be exempt from the levy such as waste produced from declared natural disasters. Registered charitable recycling entities may also be eligible to apply for exemptions for waste that is donated but cannot be used or recycled.

Please note: Douglas Shire Council does NOT issue or approve exemptions. This is a State Government Responsibility. The State Government is working with the National Association of Charitable Recycling Organisations (NACRO) who will help charities with applications. For more information visit:


Updated 29/08/2019