Tasmanian businesses are being encouraged to bring forward new ideas and new technologies for tackling the country’s growing plastic waste challenge, with the Recycling Modernisation Fund (Plastics) Grants Program now open.
The Tasmanian Government has announced it will implement a container deposit scheme (CDS) in an effort to become the tidiest state by 2023.
The announcement makes Tasmania the seventh state or territory in the country to implement a CDS, leaving only Victoria without a scheme.
Environment Minister Elise Archer said drink containers account for an estimated 41 per cent of litter by volume in Tasmania.
“We know one of the most effective ways to change littering behaviours is to introduce a container refund scheme, as has been seen in other Australian jurisdictions,” Ms Archer said.
“The benefit of a CDS is the ability to produce purer streams of recyclable materials, which are then turned into higher value, second life products with reduced levels of contamination – a move strongly supported by local government, with enormous opportunities for local businesses.”
The decision follows a 2018 model framework report commissioned by the state government.
The report recommended Tasmania implement a scheme similar to other states, with a target of 60 refund points and a redemption rate of at least 80 per cent.
“Work will now commence on a detailed model and draft legislation, including consultation with the community, businesses and industry,” Ms Archer said.
“Specialist advice from a number of departments, as well the establishment of an expert reference group, will be critical to the scheme’s success.”
After legislation is enacted a management tender will be developed and released.
The scheme is expected to rolled out by 2022.