Waste tax tackles wrong end of problem

The Green Party wants to increase taxes on waste at landfills.

. . There have been calls to increase the $10 a tonne levy, which applies to only around 11 per cent of waste disposal facilities, to as much as $140 a tonne. The levy in New South Wales for example is more than $A120 a tonne. Sage would not say what she would like to see the levy go up to, saying she wanted to see what the Ministry for the Environment work produced. . . 

This is yet another policy that is long on emotion and short on science.

Reduce, reuse and recycle is the environmental mantra.

Reducing waste in the first place would be a much better strategy than either recycling or higher taxes for disposing of it.

Recycling isn’t necessarily a greener option and higher landfill levies would provide an incentive for illegal dumping which would pose far greater environmental problems than disposal in landfills.

A tax would be tackling the wrong end of the waste problem, potentially increasing greenhouse gases and diverting rubbish from landfills without reducing it.

One Response to Waste tax tackles wrong end of problem

  1. Ray says:

    There has never been a tax that the Greens didn’t like, well maybe one on beards or hemp wearing wouldn’t get their tick but otherwise.
    One Green ( Robert Guyton) has suggested on line that if people didn’t gather up rubbish it won’t effect them.
    Not sure how that will work with people picking up rubbish on beaches or roadsides.

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