The Protection of the Environment (Operations) Act requires certain licensed waste facilities in NSW to pay a contribution for each tonne received at the facility. Referred to as the 'waste levy', the contribution aims to reduce the amount of waste being landfilled and promote recycling and resource recovery.
The waste levy applies in the regulated area of NSW which comprises the Sydney metropolitan area, the Illawarra and Hunter regions, the central and north coast local government areas to the Queensland border as well as the Blue Mountains, Wingecarribee and Wollondilly local government areas.
Upper Hunter Shire Council is located within the Regional Levy Area. The 2022–23 waste levy rates apply from 1 July 2022. In line with the Waste Regulation, the rates have increased by the Consumer Price Index, and the calculated fees for Regional Levy Area are $87.30 per tonne.