Environment and Water | March 13, 2019

Labor ignores calls for bin tax freeze in Lowan

The Andrews Labor Government has rejected calls by the Liberal Nationals for a freeze on Victoria’s bin tax until the current recycling crisis is over.

The Municipal and Industrial Landfill Levy, or bin tax, is charged per tonne of waste dumped into landfill.

Last week Treasurer Tim Pallas was ask in Parliament if he would ensure that Victorians would not be forced to pay more tax due to the Andrews Governments incompetence in managing this crisis.

He refused to do so.

The Nationals Member for Lowan, Emma Kealy says the Andrews Labor Government is cashing in on the kerbside recycling crisis across Victoria at the expense of ratepayers.

“Not only is tonnes of recycling that Victorians are dutifully placing in their recycling bins being dumped into tips, the Andrews Labor is cashing in by collecting more and more bin tax.

“Due to the incompetence and inaction of Daniel Andrews and his Environment Minister, local Councils across Lowan are being forced to stockpile collected recycling or dump it in landfill.

“It is beyond belief that Labor would seek to cash in on their own incompetence, slugging local residents with more tax, just because they have failed to act on this recycling crisis.

“The Andrews Labor Government should immediately commit to a freeze on the bin tax until they have fixed their own recycling debacle.”

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