Waste levy to jump by 40 per cent

Eyre Peninsula will be impacted by a 40 per cent increase in the Solid Waste Levy announced in the state government's recent 2019-20 state budget.

The Solid Waste Levy, which was introduced in 2003, costs regional councils $50 per tonne of landfill but will rise to $60 on July 1 then $70 on January 1, 2020.

Local Government Association president and Tumby Bay mayor Sam Telfer said it was an "outrage" the state government had launched a "stealth attack" on ratepayers by raising the levy by 40 per cent.

An additional $24.9 million will be generated by the rise next year and Mr Telfer said most of the increase would fund the Environment Protection Authority and Department for Environment.

"The best that councils can hope for is to claim a share of the meagre $2.5 million a year on offer to local government and industry to support waste management improvements," he said.

"While councils have been consulting their communities on their 2019-20 budgets, the state government has announced an unprecedented increase in their waste levy that will mean a direct hit to the pocket of every ratepayer.

"The $2.5 million...is a complete farce when you consider councils will be asked to contribute $42.5 million through the levy this coming year."

Mr Telfer said the government should work with councils to make waste and recycling more affordable instead of adding to household costs for South Australians.

Each year the increase will fund $500,000 for a review of the container deposit scheme, $2.5 million for councils and the industry to modernise their waste management procedures and $1 million to fund a regional coastal work grant scheme for councils.

Environment and Water Minister David Speirs said the state government recognised landfill was one of the most significant contributors to greenhouse gas emissions that were "incredibly harmful" to the climate.

He said the increase would lead to less waste sent to landfill, a reduction in emissions and potentially more than 200 jobs.

"We need to send a strong message that more needs to be done to reduce these damaging emissions and that councils need to have the tools to divert more for resource recovery," he said.

"As it stands as much as 40 per cent of the material in our household waste bins sent to landfill is food and organic waste which could be diverted through the organics bin.

"For every 10,000 tonnes of waste recycled there are 9.2 full time jobs created compared to 2.8 jobs when sent to landfill."

Mr Speirs said by 2020 the government wanted to see a 35 per cent reduction in waste to landfill compared to 2003 figures.