Simon Corbell has announced some certainty for charities working to reduce landfill worried by looming fees.
The new landfill fee waivers for charity groups will come into effect from 1 January 2012 and will be granted to organisations that provide resource recovery services in the ACT and do not receive government funding for providing those services.
“Following consultation with key stakeholders, the ACT Government developed the new system that would help minimise waste to landfill, maximise resource recovery and is simple to use and administer,” Mr Corbell said.
“To be eligible, organisations will also need official status as a charitable fund, charitable fund, charitable institution, public benevolent institution, health promotion charity, or public benevolent institution employer. Charitable organisations will also need to operate public drop-off points in the ACT where people can donate items.
“The ACT Government will continue to work with charities to help them reduce their waste and improve their recycling to achieve better environmental outcomes, as well as reducing costs for charitable organisations and the government.
“New fee waivers expire on 31 December 2014. Organisations that currently hold a fee waiver will need to reapply under the new system as all existing fee waivers will terminate on 31 December 2011