Waste levy lifted in fire impacted Cessnock area

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The NSW Government has waived the waste levy for residents disposing of bushfire generated waste in the Cessnock Local Government Area after recent bushfires.

Homes and businesses were damaged by fires last week and in September.

To help the local community dispose of fire generated waste quickly and safely, residents will not be charged the waste levy when they take materials to the Cessnock Waste Management Centre. The local landfill gate fee may still apply.

Damaged building materials, furniture, gardening debris and any other fire generated waste is included, and the exemption will apply to waste on public and private land, through to 31 March 2024.

Community members need to be aware of their surroundings and use proper protective equipment when dealing with fire generated waste. Even after the flames have been extinguished, sites can remain hazardous with unsteady structures, sharp objects or asbestos in debris.

Clayton Barr said, “The NSW Government is listening to residents in the bushfire zone who’ve told us removing the waste levy will help them with the difficult clean up.”

“Bushfire season is incredibly difficult, but assistance is available to ease the burden and I encourage residents to use that support.”