No levy on fire waste

REGION - The Victorian Coalition Government will temporarily waive landfill levies for waste caused by fires that struck parts of western Victoria.

Minister for Environment and Climate Change Ryan Smith said that local landfills and councils in the Northern Grampians and Horsham shires now have the exemptions in place.

"This move will help families, businesses and authorities in fire affected communities amid their clean-up efforts," Mr Smith said.

"The move is designed to support communities as they work to overcome difficulties and repair damage caused by the bushfires.

"The Coalition Government recognises this is a time of hardship for the affected regions and is committed to offering support wherever it can to these communities."

Using emergency provisions under the Environment Protection Act (1970) Mr Smith has approved a temporary exemption from landfill levy payments by local governments with potential disposal sites in and bordering the affected areas.

The exemption is limited to fire waste and applies to the 'levy' component of the gate price.

For regional Victoria, this levy is currently $26.60 per tonne for municipal waste and $46.60 per tonne for industrial waste.

"The duration of the exemption and precise areas to which it will be applied will be reviewed as necessary to ensure communities in need are supported," Mr Smith said.

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