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Landfill levy should be spent on the war on waste

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Bayside City Council will call on the State Government to ensure funds collected by the Municipal and Industrial Landfill Levy are spent only on waste related activities.

The levy was introduced in 1992/3 to fund programs and infrastructure to reduce waste to landfill and increase recycling and resource recovery.

Bayside has contributed more than $6.6million in landfill levy over the past six years.

The call follows recent reporting in the state budget that landfill levies have been spent on projects unrelated to reducing the amount of waste entering landfill. This includes $9.6million on Melbourne trams, a $110 million timber plantation and $8.1 million on upgrading Parks Victoria’s website.

Bayside Mayor, Cr Alex del Porto said Council was joining with other Victorian Councils, the Municipal Association of Victoria and the Metropolitan Local Government Waste Forum to urge the State Government to ensure levy monies are spent on waste related programs.

“Reducing waste to landfill and becoming more sustainable in our management of waste are some of the key challenges facing Councils, government and indeed our society. Levies collected on landfill must be directed into winning the war on waste.”
 

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