At BINGO, we want to create change. We want to combat Australia’s waste crisis with smart, forward-thinking and sustainable actions—because the changes we make today will make a difference, and continue to impact Aussies for generations to come.
Over the past two years, BINGO has invested significantly in developing new, advanced recycling facilities. We’ve also invested heavily in industry regulation compliance, with a focus on mitigating future risk, and uncovering opportunities for sustainable growth of the waste management industry.
As scrutiny of our industry increases, it’s important for waste management facilities to be proactive about change.
Responding to the challenges facing our industry
With the updated National Waste Policy, the increase of state-based and circular economy policies, the reintroduction of Queensland’s waste levy, and China’s import restrictions on waste, it’s clear waste management is at the forefront of government and community consideration.
A national approach to waste disposal levies
It’s simple: Australia needs a consistent waste disposal levy across our states. While we applaud the Queensland Government’s recent reintroduction of a waste disposal levy of $75 per tonne earlier this year, the disparity of levies between states creates an arbitrage—especially when Victoria’s waste levy presently sits at $64 per tonne, making it the lowest rate on Australian mainland.
A consistent approach to waste levies across Australian states will:
- Encourage recycling.
- Increase incentive for investment in recycling technology and resource recovery.
- Encourage the diversion of waste from landfill.
- Ensure waste remains in the state it was produced.
- Move Australia towards international best practice.
Increasing non-compliance penalties
While we acknowledge the efforts of NSW and VIC regulators in reducing the incidences of rogue operators, we believe tougher non-compliance penalties and increased enforcement are integral for the waste management industry.
Increasing penalties and fines, and introducing civil penalties for non-compliance and illegal dumping will have a huge impact on the industry’s effectiveness and sustainability.