Waste Management Fee

Proposed Community Waste Management Fee – Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

  • What is the proposed Community Waste Management Fee?

The proposed Community Waste Management Fee is a fee to be applied to residents, businesses and tourist accommodation premises to assist in the operational waste management costs.

  • Who will be charged the Community Waste Management Fee?

The Community Waste Management Fee is proposed to be applied to residents, businesses and tourist accommodation premises. The proposed fee schedule is set out below.

Land Use

Proposed Fee

Residential Dwelling

$300

Tourist Accommodation

$75/bed

Business

$300

  • How will the Community Waste Management Fee be charged?

The proposed fee would be applied to properties on their rates notice. This would be shown as a separate line item to the amount to be paid for rates.

  • My property does not have a house on it. Do I still need to pay?

No. The fee would not apply to farmland or lots with no residential or business properties.

  • Do I receive anything for my Community Waste Management Fee payment?

Each liable property would receive a nominal number of Waste Disposal Tickets for payment of their Community Waste Management Fee. This is set out below.

Land Use

Waste Disposal Tickets allocation

Residential Dwelling

$104

Tourist Accommodation

$20/bed

Business

$104

  • Why do I not receive $300 of Waste Disposal Tickets when I make my payment?

NIRC is unable to provide $300 of Waste Disposal Tickets for payment of the fee as this volume of waste is far in excess of the capacity of the Waste Management Centre to manage. Despite this, the cost of NIRC’s waste operations is substantial and the proposed Community Waste Management Fee has been set at a value to assist in covering these cost. However, waste management costs would still not be fully covered by the proposed fee.

  • What if I do not use all my Waste Disposal Tickets?

Any unused Waste Disposal Tickets issued for the Community Waste Management Fee can be returned for a rebate. This would only be available between 1 April 2022 and 30 June 2022.

  • Where do I obtain the Waste Disposal Tickets after paying my Community Waste Management Fee?

After paying the Community Waste Management Fee, proof of payment would be shown at Customer Care for Waste Disposal Ticket allocation to be issued. These would be issued in $2 tickets.

  • Can I pay my Community Waste Management Fee in increments?

Like rates, the Community Waste Management Fee could be paid in person in instalments at Customer Care. A proportion of the Waste Disposal Tickets would be issued at each instalment.

  • What does the money from the Community Waste Management Fee get used on?

The Community Waste Management Fee would contribute to the overall operation, freight and disposal of waste, including disposal and delivery of recyclables to mainland Australia. NIRC is forecast to spend $1.8 million on waste management in 2021-22, based on the current rate of waste generation, the cost to run the Waste Management Centre and the cost to export and dispose of waste to the mainland. NIRC’s current revenue to support waste management activities is limited to the waste management levy and revenue from sales of waste tickets. These are expected to generate around $430,000 and $60,000 respectively in 2021-22. This leaves a significant gap of over $1.3 million in costs. The proposed Community Waste Management would cover around $450,000, a portion of this gap.

  • Do other communities have similar fees for waste management?

Yes. All local governments across Australia have a domestic waste management fee or equivalent charge applied to households and business. In many cases, this includes a kerbside pick-up service, but in some cases requires waste to be delivered to a waste centre. These fees currently range from around $400-600 per residential property. A number of remote island communities around Australia currently afford dedicated waste management fees for residents and businesses. These include Lord Howe Island ($659 per private household), where waste is delivered to a Waste Management Centre, and Christmas Island ($429 + establishment fee), which has a collection service.

  • Do I still need to purchase Waste Disposal Tickets?

If your Waste Disposal Ticket allocation is used. You will be required to purchase additional Waste Disposal Tickets. These can be purchased from existing retailers. Note, that Waste Disposal Ticket prices are proposed to be increased in 2021-22.

  • Do I still dispose of my waste in the same way?

Currently, residents and businesses will be required to dispose of their waste in the same way at the Waste Management Centre. NIRC is currently considering opportunities to have waste delivered or collected in alternative ways. These opportunities will be presented to the community in the coming months through consultation and discussion.

  • Will there be any further changes to waste management fees in the future?

It is likely that waste management fees and charges will change in the future. This will depend on the opportunities for waste management at the time, including opportunities to reduce volumes of waste exported to mainland Australia and rebates on recyclables through mainland markets.

  • Am I allowed to burn my waste in the backyard?

No. The burning of residual waste, including plastics, causes air pollution and may cause soil or water pollution. This is considered a ‘Nuisance’ under the Environment Act 1990 (NI). A prevention notice and possible fines can be issued for such offences.