EPA Solid Waste Levy Waiver

10th March 2020
The Town of Gawler would like to advise that the South Australian Government has waived the Solid Waste Levy for waste generated as a result of the fires that started on 20 December 2019 in Cudlee Creek, Gawler (including Angle Vale), Yorke Peninsula near Maitland, and Kangaroo Island.

Residents and businesses cleaning up after these fires will be exempt from paying the solid waste levy to the EPA.

From 1 January to 30 June 2020 the Solid waste depot levy for:

  • Metropolitan Adelaide is $140/tonne
  • Non-metropolitan Adelaide is $70/tonne

The savings anticipated to be passed onto to bushfire effected residents are based on the weight of waste presented to NAWMA against the levy’s outlined above.

Bushfire waste will still attract the gate charge at landfill sites.

The EPA has confirmed that the solid waste levy will be waived, to help reduce the financial burden on the recovering communities. This means that residents will only incur a gate-fee (set by the landfill) when disposing of their bush-fire affected waste.

The EPA website, which can be accessed directly via the link below, provides additional information on specific waste-related questions which are likely to be raised by bushfire affected residents:


Waste approved for disposal includes:

*Bushfire-affected animal carcasses
*Contaminated water in rainwater tanks
*CCA treated timber

If waste contractors are engaged to remove and dispose of your waste, residents should request a quote for services which excludes the current waste levy amount.

The South Australian Government Emergencies and Safety website and the Department of Human Services (DHS), State Recovery Office website provides comprehensive and up-to-date information for all aspects of the disaster recovery. These can be found at:



If you have specific questions on waiving the Solid Waste Levy or any questions that are not addressed in these documents, or you require information on waste processing, landfill or composting facilities please contact Northern Adelaide Waste Management Authority (NAWMA) on 8259 2100.