The Local Government Association of South Australia has warned that immediate financial relief and a long term strategy to establish local markets for recyclables are both needed to protect South Australian councils and communities from the impact of changes to China’s waste import policy.
“There is currently more than $100 million sitting in the State Government’s Green Industry Fund that could be used to shield ratepayers from inevitable increases in the cost of recycling,” LGA President Lorraine Rosenberg said .
“These funds have accumulated due to exponential increases in the Solid Waste Levy in recent years, and it is set to rise again on 1 July from $87 per tonne to $100 in the metropolitan area.”
“The LGA has called on the State Government to freeze and review the levy as part of the Liberal Party’s commitment to stop cost shifting to councils and communities.”
The Victorian and NSW governments recently announced funding support packages of $13 million and $47 million respectively to address the impact of China’s “National Sword” policy.
“Once we’ve got a better understanding of how much this policy will cost South Australian councils and their communities, we’ll be undertaking further discussions with the waste sector and the new government around what a support package for our State might include,” Mayor Rosenberg said.