According to the Auditor General’s new report, the Municipal and Industrial Landfill Levy held $562 million in December 2017. This money has been collected from ratepayers through a levy charged on waste deposited at landfill while for years the Victorian Government has underinvested in waste reduction and sustainability initiatives.

The City of Boroondara is calling on the Victorian Government to use the $562m it has stockpiled through the Landfill Levy to support a sustainable recycling sector.

The City of Boroondara is about to send ratepayers their annual rates notice, which includes over $2.5m which is passed to the Victorian Government as the Landfill Levy. 

“The Victorian government collects more than $120 million in landfill levy each year and has failed to spend these funds for the purposes for which they were collected i.e. on improvements to the sustainability of Victoria’s waste system. Despite sitting on these funds the government is now requiring ratepayers to pay more,” said Councillor Jim Parke, Mayor of Boroondara.

The Victorian Government should use money collected through the Landfill Levy to invest in a sustainable, better-equipped recycling sector. 

“The Victorian Government should be supporting a sustainable recycling sector when there is a statewide crisis rather than sitting on the funds they have and then asking for more. The $37m contributed by the government in response to the crisis is a pittance,” said Councillor Jim Parke, Mayor of Boroondara.

“By supporting initiatives such as improved processing and sorting technology, and developing new end markets for the recycled product, the Victorian Government can invest in a more sustainable, environmentally brighter future for all Victorians,” he said.

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