The NSW Government has waived the waste levy fee for residents disposing of flood generated waste in areas across the Hunter that have been declared Natural Disaster Areas.

“As flood waters in some parts of the State start to recede, residents will face a hard and painful clean-up process.

“We have waived the waste levy in flood affected areas to help move the mess quickly and safely,” Environment Minister Matt Kean says. 

Residents in Cessnock City, Dungog, Lake Macquarie, Maitland City, Newcastle City, and Port Stephens will be able to dispose of all building materials, furniture and any other flood generated waste on both private and public land. 

The exemption applies from 10 March 2021 through to 30 June 2021 on debris and waste created by local flooding. Extensions will be granted upon request to 30 September 2021. 

The list of exempt local government areas will be updated as further natural disaster areas are declared.

Residents can check with their local council for the name, location and opening times of local facilities, as well as for any specific requirements to dispose of flood damaged waste. For more information visit: