Waste levies have been waived for residents in bushfire affected areas in NSW and Victoria.
Announced on January 14 by the Victorian government, residents in the state affected by bushfires will be able to dispose of their bushfire waste without paying the landfill levy.
Bushfire waste includes the debris from homes, businesses, sheds, stock, fencing and equipment that have been damaged. The levy waiver will also make it easier for people to dispose of dead livestock.
The Victorian EPA will work with landfill operators and councils in fire-affected areas to apply for the exemption.
Victoria’s premier, Daniel Andrews, said that waiving the levy offers practical and immediate support for people affected by the fires.
“This is practical and immediate support for people who are undertaking the heartbreaking task of cleaning up their homes and properties.”
Similarly, on January 6, the NSW government announced it would help people dispose of their bushfire generated waste quickly and easily by waiving the waste levy fee in areas across NSW that have been declared bushfire “natural disaster areas”.
Residents should contact their councils before leaving home with their waste to confirm the names of the facilities where the levy is waived and their opening status – noting that conditions are changing rapidly.
More information can be found on the Victoria and NSW websites.