Businesses will have to pay more to dispose of waste after a new levy on landfills came into force today.
The levy, introduced under the Waste Minimisation Act 2008, charges $10 plus GST (effectively $11.25) per tonne of waste disposed at landfills.
While the landfill operators themselves are charged they are expected to fully pass on the cost to businesses and the general public.
The new charge is expected to mean individual households will pay around 20c extra per rubbish bag. On average, this comes to about $10 per household per year.