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Landfill disposal bans

Queensland’s Waste Reduction and Recycling Act 2011 makes provision for the introduction of landfill disposal bans.

Disposal bans can be a useful tool to help increase resource recovery and recycling targets for certain wastes and to stop valuable resources being disposed of.

In September 2014 the Department of Environment and Heritage Protection commissioned a preliminary assessment into the feasibility of introducing landfill disposal bans.

The report Cost-benefit analysis of the implementation of landfill disposal bans in Queensland (PDF, 965K)* identified a number of wastes that have the potential to be suitable for the introduction of a disposal ban.

The preliminary cost-benefit assessment considered the following issues, including:

  • the existence of product stewardship schemes, either mandatory or voluntary, aimed at recycling or developing end-use markets (and the maturity of these schemes)
  • the market for reused materials and recovery rates
  • the number of processors operating throughout Queensland.

Wastes such as concrete, tyres and green waste were assessed, along with the suitability of a staged approach for regional locations.

The report provides preliminary information to help inform the next steps. Further stakeholder consultation will be undertaken in the coming months. Details of consultations will be provided on this website.

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Last updated
9 September 2015