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.