Review of solid waste levy (2007)

Review of solid waste levy (2007)
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Review of solid waste levy (2007)

Executive Summary: Background- Zero Waste SA commenced on July 1, 2003 with the primary objective to promote waste management practices that, as far as possible, eliminate waste or its consignment to landfill, advance the development of resource recovery and recycling, and are based on an integrated strategy for the State. The function of Zero Waste SA is among other things to, from time to time, advise the Minister about the amount to be charged by way of the levy under section 113 of the Environment Protection Act 1993. Zero Waste SA has commissioned Hyder Consulting to undertake a study reviewing the amount to be charged for waste disposal by way of the waste depot levy (landfill levy). Concurrently, the South Australian Government has announced that the levy will increase by $10m in July 2007, and associated impacts have therefore also been considered in this study. In particular, this study reviews the way in which this increase could be given effect. Purpose: The report will be used as the basis for consultation on the nature of the levy increase in 2007, and the potential for further increases. The State Government intends to consider both the findings of this report and comments raised through subsequent consultation in forming and ultimately deciding on the nature of the waste levy. Community Attitudes: South Australia is a strong performer in recycling and recovery of resources. Recent studies show that 65% of waste material is being recycled or put to better use rather than being disposed of to landfill. However, and despite the many initiatives aimed at increasing sustainable resource recovery in South Australia, significant parts of the overall waste stream continue to be landfilled, with about 1 million tonnes of waste going to landfill each year. In 2005, Zero Waste SA studied the knowledge, behaviours and attitudes of community members with regard to waste management and recycling. Overall attitudes to waste reduction were positive, with 89% of people surveyed stating that it was very important that the amount of waste to dumps is reduced and 82% stating that they are prepared to do more to help protect the environment. Waste Trends: Historical waste trends have been compiled and documented. Reliable disposal figures (from landfills) are available over a number of years, in particular since weighbridges became compulsory at larger landfill sites.
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