The Tasmanian Government is promoting its state’s circular economy, through the second Business Resource Efficiency Program (BREP).
The program was introduced in 2020 to assist Tasmanian companies to review their resource use and find ways to improve it.
The program also sought to reduce businesses consumption of resources and minimise waste streams.
The first BREP supported 11 supported 11 small and medium-sized businesses in a range of sectors across the North and the North-West of Tasmania. One such business, Penguin Composites, reported a 35 per cent reduction of waste and generated additional returns from metal recycling which was used to offset costs.
The second BREP will get underway early next year and is expected to support up to 20 businesses across Tasmania.
Case studies will be made available online for other businesses can learn from the program’s insights.
The program follows previous announcements contributing to waste reduction and the circular economy in Tasmania, including the introduction of a Container Refund Scheme, a state-wide waste levy, the use of crumbed rubber for roads, support for commercial composting and phasing out single-use plastics in the state by 2025.
More details for the program will be made available in late 2021.