Section 113 of the Environment Protection Act 1993 requires the payment of prescribed levy by the holder of a licence to conduct a waste depot in respect of waste received at the depot. Regulation 70 of the Environment Protection Regulations 2009 prescribes the waste levy payable. Information on measuring and reporting requirements are set out in the Waste Levy Guidelines.
Waste levy regulations offers advice to assist compliance with the Environment Protection Regulation 2009.
Waste levy rates 2016–17
The Government announced on 4 July that a levy increase will occur on 1 September 2016.
The solid waste depot levy for waste produced in metropolitan Adelaide is to be:
- 1 September–30 June 2017: $76 per tonne
The solid waste depot levy for waste produced in non-metropolitan Adelaide is to be:
- 1 September–30 June 2017: $38 per tonne
The liquid waste levy for 2016–17 is to $35.10 per kilolitre.
Reduced levy for asbestos
Between 1 September 2016–30 June 2017, a reduced levy will apply for the disposal of packaged asbestos waste*:
- Metropolitan Adelaide: $31 per tonne
- Non-metropolitan Adelaide: $15.50 per tonne
Under these requirements, asbestos waste needs to be presented appropriately packaged, secured and labelled to support its safe disposal at an appropriate facility.
* Meaning the disposal of asbestos waste that is packaged and disposed in accordance with:
- Chapter 8 of the Work, Health and Safety Regulations 2012, or
- the requirements for lawful unlicensed removalists as set out from time to time in the legislation and excluding asbestos-contaminated soil.
'Asbestos waste' is any asbestos or ACM removed and disposable items used during asbestos removal work including plastic sheeting and disposal tools where asbestos containing material (ACM) mans any material or thing that, as part of its design, contains asbestos.
Scrap metal recovery
Between 1 September 2016–30 June 2017, residual waste generated directly from the shredding of scrap metal by specified licence-holders (ie shredder floc) will have the levy effectively applicable for their residual waste maintained at $62 per tonne (non-metro: $31 per tonne). The EPA is working directly with relevant operators regarding this measure.
Future levy rates
In future years, the Government has announced that solid waste levy is intended to rise to the following rates per tonne.