Author: Zhi Yan
Charity groups in the Australian Capital Territory that assist resource recovery are eligible to have their landfill fees waived under a new system to help ensure that reusable waste is not sent to landfill.
The new landfill fee waivers for charity groups came into effect on 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.
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 Minister for Territory and Municipal Services, Simon Corbell, said "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.
For more information on the new landfill fee waiver system visit www.tams.act.gov.au/ or call Canberra Connect on 13 22 81.