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The State Government, as part of the 2014-15 State Budget, has announced increases to the landfill levy from 1 January 2015.  The increases will help divert the amount of waste being dumped at tips in the metropolitan area and encourage investment in alternative waste treatment options and other government initiatives to support increased recycling.

This levy increase is the first since 2010 and brings Western Australia’s rates broadly into line with South Australia and Victoria, while still being about half of that in New South Wales.  A five-year schedule of levy rates has been announced.  This provides industry with the certainty it needs to plan and invest for the future.

Landfill levy rates

PeriodPutrescible Rate/tonneApprox. inert rate
per tonne*
Inert Rate/m3
Current to 31 December 2014  $28  $8  $12
1 January 2015 to 30 June 2016  $55  $40  $60
1 July 2016 to 30 June 2017  $60  $50  $75
1 July 2017 to 30 June 2018  $65  $60  $90
1 July 2018 to 30 June 2019  $70  $70  $105
1 July 2019 onwards  $70  $70  $105

*One cubic metre of inert waste in situ within the landfill is treated as equivalent to 1.5 tonnes

All other arrangements for the calculation and payment of the landfill levy remain unchanged.