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Questions asked about landfill levy use

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August 04, 2017

City of Greater Shepparton Council is querying whether the Environment Protection Authority landfill levy is impacting on council's ability to deliver a quality service.

Greater Shepparton City Council claims the Environment Protection Authority landfill levy is putting pressure on delivering a quality service, and is questioning the value being returned.

The council’s works and waste manager Heinz Kausche said the council had been trying to keep costs down, making sure council waste management was affordable and accessible for the community.

‘‘That becomes difficult when we also have to cover the cost of the EPA levy,’’ Mr Kausche said.

‘‘And recently we haven’t had anything back to help manage waste from that levy.’’

During the past five years the council has paid about $1.5million each year in levies.

Victoria’s peak body for councils has recently been vocal in questioning the levy.

Following the state budget, it had asked whether ‘‘the government is draining landfill levy revenue to pay for projects unrelated to waste reduction or recycling’’.

Municipal Association of Australia chair Mary Lalios said councils had been crying out for support with waste and resource recovery projects and the ‘‘exorbitant cost of rehabilitating closed landfill sites’’.

She said the original intent of collecting the landfill levy was to boost recycling rates and support waste reduction and sustainability initiatives.

‘‘Yet the state government has chosen to spend landfill levy revenue on totally unrelated purposes,’’ Ms Lalios said.

Cr Seema Abdullah had heard a number of views on the EPA levy, but was awaiting audit outcomes before commenting.

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