More than 1000 Brisbane businesses will benefit from a $211,000 relief package, with Lord Mayor Adrian Schrinner announcing all business recycling fees are now suspended.

Cr Schrinner said this new instalment to the multi-million-dollar business relief package would make it easier for Brisbane businesses to keep recycling and would reduce waste going to landfill.

“We are suspending recycling fees for businesses until June 2020, which will save more than 1000 businesses a total of about $211,000,” he said.

“Brisbane businesses are doing it tough right now with many facing economic fallout from the coronavirus crisis.

“Council is doing everything it can to put a stop to the bills during these hard times and this new relief package will provide some financial relief for businesses so they can continue working without facing the big bills.

“This assistance will put up to $2500 back into some businesses when they need it most, while also ensuring Council’s commitment to a clean and green city is continued.

“We want to ensure businesses are supported through this pandemic, and we thank the businesses who have been loyal customers to this service, and these businesses will not be billed during this waived period.”

Currently, recycling fees for businesses cost $6.30 per 240-litre bin collection and up to $19.60 per cubic metre for bulk bins collection.

Cr Schrinner said this package was in addition to the $7.9 million business relief package Council announced in March which will waive all charges, rents, levies and permit fees for all businesses over the next three months.

“These measures are part of Council’s business continuity plan to overcome the challenges of coronavirus and continue serving the community,” he said.

“Council is also fast tracking all outstanding payments to Council’s business suppliers from 30 days to seven days, to further support small businesses during this difficult period.

“All ratepayers, including owner occupiers, non-owner occupiers and business owners, can also access payment plans or deferred payment agreements of up to nine months.”