Waste Levy waived for storm affected areas
The state government has waived the waste levy for communities affected by the recent storms.
People who have registered their names in Recovery Centres which were established during the severe weather events in September were issued with a ‘Temporary Incident Card’, and will now be eligible for this offer.
Council waste that is also attributed to the severe weather can also benefit from this concession.
The EPA will administer the waste levy waiver under this temporary arrangement.
Heavy rain and strong winds led to flooding late last month that brought down trees and caused property damage in many locations across South Australia.
EPA Director Strategy and Business Roslyn Agate said this severe weather event resulted in a significant amount of waste including trees, building materials and metals that will require disposal at waste depots.
“The state government has offered to waive the waste levy to assist communities with the cost of waste disposal,” she said.
Organic waste can be received as green waste and will also be exempt from a levy.
Sandbags will be accepted at clean fill rates with no levy when taken to a waste depot for disposal.
This exemption will not apply to the regular gate fee charged by a waste depot.
“The EPA has contacted the councils most-affected by the recent severe weather to advise them of the waiver and outline the process they will need to follow,” Ms Agate said.
The Environment Protection Act 1993 requires the payment of a prescribed levy payable by the licence-holder of a waste depot for all waste received and disposed at that depot.