Newspaper article Fraser Coast Chronicle (Hervey Bay, Australia)

Firms Say Dump Fees Will Increase Demolition Costs

Newspaper article Fraser Coast Chronicle (Hervey Bay, Australia)

Firms Say Dump Fees Will Increase Demolition Costs

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DEMOLITION firms say any increases in dump fees - and they are coming - will add thousands to the cost of demolishing a house. And that cost will be passed straight back to home owners.

Some estimates suggest it will cost up to $5000 extra to build a new home if a block needs to be cleared, they say.

One of the local governments to jack up dump prices is Brisbane City Council. It has passed new charges that will come into effect for companies using council dumps and transfer stations.

The costs do not change for householders taking rubbish to the dump.

The new fees are directly tied to the State Government's $35-a-tonne waste levy designed to reinvigorate Queensland's struggling recycling industry. These are in place on the Fraser Coast.

In Queensland, about 20% of waste is recycled, well below other states.

Demolishers, Recyclers and Asbestos Contractors Association of Queensland president Trevor Lyons said while the industry wanted to help recyclers, the fee system would hurt home owners.

He said skip bins would also cost more, illegal dumping would increase and building prices would rise, a fact acknowledged by the State Government in its discussion paper in October last year.

In that paper, Synergy Consulting found the levy would add $945 to the cost of a new house in south-east Queensland and $545 in regional areas.

Mr Lyons said the cost could often be higher.

aThe battler that comes along and buys an old house and wants it demolished and wants the block cleaned so they can build a new family home, well straight away there is $3000 to $4000 to start with,a he said.

aThat's gone. Then the builder comes along and most builders generate in the vicinity of 15 to 20 tonnes of rubbish through the course of things.

aSo there's another $1000.

aSo there is $5000 we know of. …

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