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 rates 2019–20
New levy rates apply from 1 July 2019–20 as foreshadowed in previous information about future levy rates.
|Solid waste depot levy||$110/tonne||$55/tonne|
|Liquid waste levy||$38.30/kL||$38.30/kL|
Reduced levy for asbestos
No levy will apply for the disposal of packaged asbestos waste*.
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.
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.
Service providers may still charge a fee for asbestos waste disposal to cover their operating costs. The removal of the levy is designed to minimise disposal fees.
Scrap metal recovery
|Shredder floc levy||2019–20|
|Metropolitan Adelaide||$62/tonne (no change)|
|Non-metropolitan||$31/tonne (no change)|
A reduced solid waste levy rate applies to the disposal of waste resulting from donations to a charitable recyclers, which cannot practicably be reused, recycled or sold.
The waiver means that the levy rates applicable to such waste are as follows:
|1 July–31 Dec 2019||$100 per tonne||$50 per tonne|
|1 Jan–30 June 2020||$70 per tonne||$35 per tonne|
In order to receive the waiver, charities must complete the application form. The EPA will then confirm whether the charity meets the eligibility criteria and advise of necessary record keeping requirements to assist the EPA with administration of the waiver.
Future levy rates
In future years, the Government has announced that solid waste levy is intended to rise to the following rates per tonne (from 1 January 2020).
|Solid waste levy||2019–20||Rate|
|Metropolitan Adelaide||from 1 January 2020||$140/tonne|
|Non-metropolitan||from 1 January 2020||$70/tonne|
|Metropolitan Adelaide||from 1 January 2020||$70/tonne|
|Non-metropolitan||from 1 January 2020||$35/tonne|