The State Government has this morning announced a $13 million support package for councils and industry to deal with higher costs of recycling following policy changes in China which have resulted in recyclers drastically increasing the costs associated with the receipt of recyclables.

Funds will be available to councils until 30 June, although it remains unclear how the funds will be allocated.

After 30 June, it is expected that councils will adopt measures to cover the increased costs themselves.

This means that councils will either need to further cut services provided to their communities or introduce/increase waste service charges to cover the increased costs. Importantly, waste service charges sit outside the rate cap.

How far do you think these State Government funds will go? How does your council plan to manage these costs in future years? More importantly, how do you think your communities will respond to increased rates and charges to cover the significant shortfalls?