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Landfill and prescribed waste levies

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Since the introduction of the landfill levy system, monies generated from the levies have significantly contributed to improved waste management throughout Victoria. A variety of programs and initiatives have been undertaken, including:

  • substantial upgrading of kerbside recycling systems
  • household chemicals collections programs
  • development and promotion of markets for recycled materials
  • major studies into waste minimisation, handling and disposal, organics recycling and litter control
  • community support projects.

For further information on landfill levies, see our help with landfill levies.

Landfill levy rates

One of the key purposes of the landfill levy is to provide additional and ongoing funding to support efforts by government, industry and the community to reduce waste. Landfill levies create an incentive for waste generators to investigate ways to reduce the amount of waste they generate and dispose of to landfill.

From 1 July 2015 the municipal and industrial rates are based on fee units, as set out in Schedule DA of the Environment Protection Act 1970, as shown below.

Fee units payable as landfill levy from 1 July 2015

Date when waste is deposited Amount payable for each tonne deposited (in fee units)
Schedule C (metro and provincial) premises Non-Schedule C (rural) premises
Municipal waste Industrial waste Municipal waste Industrial waste
On or after 1 July 2015 4.45 4.45 2.23 3.90

A fee unit is defined in the Act as follows: ‘fee unit means a fee unit calculated in accordance with section 5(3) of the Monetary Units Act 2004’.

The value of a fee unit is set by the Treasurer of Victoria for each financial year.

The introduction of changes to landfill levy rates for financial year 2020–21 has been deferred for six months. The proposed adjustments are due to begin on 1 January 2021.

From 1 July 2020 to 31 December 2020, landfill levy rates will remain at 2019–20 rates. They will not be indexed.

Landfill levy rates for financial year 2019–20 and 1 July 2020 to 31 December 2020

Date when waste is deposited Amount payable for each tonne deposited (in $/tonne)
Schedule C (metro and provincial) premises Non-Schedule C (rural) premises
Municipal waste Industrial waste Municipal waste Industrial waste
Financial year 2019–20 65.90 65.90 33.03 57.76
1 July 2020 to 31 December 2020 65.90 65.90 33.03 57.76

Schedule C premises are those within municipal districts listed under Schedule C of the Environment Protection Act, previously referred to as ‘metro and provincial’. Non-Schedule C premises are those previously referred to as ‘rural’.

Prescribed industrial waste levy rates

The Environment Protection (Amendment) Act 2006 introduced increased and differential levies on the disposal of prescribed industrial waste (PIW) to landfill, to reflect the level of hazard posed by different categories of PIW.

The PIW levy seeks to provide a financial incentive to industry to accelerate waste avoidance, reuse and recycling, and will expand industry programs to reduce waste. Levy revenues are being reinvested in EPA programs to support industry to avoid the generation of PIW or to find safe reuse alternatives to disposal. The current prescribed industrial waste levies have not risen since 1 July 2009.

PIW levy rates have been frozen for the first half of financial year 2020–21. From 1 July 2020 to 31 December 2020, PIW levy rates will remain at 2019–20 rates.

Prescribed industrial waste disposed to landfill Amount ($/tonne)

Category A

Prohibited from disposal to landfill. Levy does not apply

Category B – includes wastes from manufacturing industries and contaminated soils


Category C – includes wastes which pose a low hazard from manufacturing industries and contaminated soils


Packaged waste asbestos – levy remains as previously scheduled to encourage safe handling and disposal of asbestos


Landfill levy changes 2020–23

As part of the State Government’s Recycling Victoria package, levy changes will be implemented from 1 January 2021.

Levy 1 Jan 2021–30 Jun 2021 (2020–21) 
1 Jul 2021–30 Jun 2022 (2021–22) 
1 Jul 2022–30 Jun 2023 (2022–23) 
Metropolitan municipal and industrial landfill levy 85.90 105.90 125.90
Rural municipal landfill levy 42.95 52.95 62.95
Rural industrial landfill levy 75.59 93.19 110.79
PIW - Category C landfill levy 85.90 105.90 125.90
PIW - Category D landfill levy*
(New category from 1 July 2021)
N/A 105.90 125.90

*The Victorian Government has deferred the commencement date of the Environment Protection Act 2017 from 1 July 2020 to 1 July 2021. Category D will be introduced when the amendments to the Environment Protection Act 2017 take effect. The term 'prescribed industrial waste (PIW)' will change to 'priority wastes' at that time.

Lodging a landfill levy statement

Landfill owners must submit quarterly and annual statements to EPA, declaring the amount of waste received. These statements determine the levy amount payable.

Landfill levy statements are submitted via the EPA Interaction Portal.

Please note that, if no waste was received during the reporting period, it is important to lodge a nil statement with EPA. The online application will accept zero tonnage amounts for this purpose.

Once you have successfully lodged a landfill levy statement you will be given instructions on how to make a payment. Payment can be made by electronic funds transfer (preferred) or cheque.

If you need help in lodging a landfill levy statement, refer to our Portal help sectioncontact EPA or call on 1300 372 842 (1300 EPA VIC).

Calculating volumes and levies

Calculating the landfill levy and recycling rebates (publication 332) describes the methods that landfills subject to the levy must use to calculate landfill levy payments on a quarterly basis.

The online landfill levy application accepts tonnage entry only. Sites that do not have a weighbridge will need to convert volume to mass using an EPA-approved method. Download a conversion tool (Excel 8.55MB) to assist in this process.

Please note: When attempting to open the Microsoft Excel conversion tool file, a message may appear asking whether or not you would like to open the application using macros. In order for the application file to function properly, select ‘Yes’. When saving the file, the file name must be ‘V2M Conversion tool v8.0.xls’ for the Excel application to work properly.

Where can landfill operators go for support or further information?

For help in submitting a landfill levy statement, please refer to the Portal help section of our website or call 1300 372 842 (1300EPA VIC).

Historical landfill levy rates

Municipal and industrial waste ($/tonne)

Rural Metro and provincial
Year Municipal Industrial Municipal Industrial
2011–12 22 38.50 44 44
2012–13 24.20 42.40 48.40 48.40
2013–14 26.60 46.60 53.20 53.20
2014–15 29.30 51.30 58.50 58.50
2015–16 30.42 53.20  60.70  60.70 
2016–17 31.09  54.37  62.03  62.03 
2017–18 31.71 55.46 63.28 63.28
2018–19 32.22 56.36 64.30 64.30


Page last updated on 19 May 2020