Proposed Local Law - Waste Management

Council is calling for public submissions about the proposed new Local Law No.7 (Waste Management) 2018.

Currently State laws regulate the storage, servicing, removal, disposal and treatment of waste. Those laws - Chapter 5A of the Environmental Protection Regulation 2008 and Section 7 of the Waste Reduction and Recycling Regulation 2011 - will expire on 1 July 2018.

Council proposes to implement a new local law that largely continues the regulation achieved by those expiring State laws.

The object of the proposed new local law is to protect the public health, safety and amenity of the Townsville community by:

  1. regulating the storage, servicing and removal of waste;
  2. regulating the disposal of waste at a waste facility; and
  3. ensuring that an act or omission does not result in -
    • harm to human health or safety or personal injury;
    • property damage or loss of amenity; or
    • environmental harm or environmental nuisance.

The proposed new local law contains the same type of anti-competitive provisions as exist in the expiring State laws. Council must conduct a Public Interest Test to inform the decision about whether it is appropriate that those anti-competitive provisions be continued in the new local law. Council has prepared a Public Interest Test Plan to guide that review.

The proposed new waste management local law and Public Interest Test Plan are available for community feedback from Wednesday 21 February until 5pm on Wednesday 14 March 2018.


Submissions for this community consultation have now closed.

Please note that this consultation is about the proposed new waste management local law and public interest test plan only. Feedback about other council matters should be sent to the council in the usual way, as it will not be considered as part of this local law making process.