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Voluntary Waste Industry Protocol

03 December 2015

The landfill industry, through the Australian Landfill Owners Association and the Australian Local Government Association, has developed a voluntary Waste Industry Protocol to ensure early collected carbon charges are returned for consumer and environmental benefit. Under the carbon pricing mechanism, many landfill facility operators charged their customers for future carbon liabilities that were expected to accrue as the waste being deposited decayed over many decades.

Now that the carbon pricing mechanism has been repealed, future year liabilities for emissions from that waste will never eventuate, however charges equivalent to those future year liabilities have been paid by many waste customers.

Under the voluntary Waste Industry Protocol, landfill operators will endeavour to refund carbon charges to customers where possible. Where refunds are not possible, landfill operators may either invest in abatement projects, or elect to acquit some of the early collected carbon charges through the purchase of domestic or international carbon credits (certified emission reduction units).

See more information about the voluntary Waste Industry Protocol.

Veolia Environmental Services (Australia) Pty Ltd and Sembsita Australia Pty Limited have chosen to abide by the voluntary Protocol and as at 30 November 2015 have transferred 21,768,290 units.​


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