The Tasmanian Government is currently designing a Container Refund Scheme as part of its commitment to having the country’s lowest litter rate by 2023. It has announced today a preferred model, best suited to our state ahead of implementation in 2022.
“As part of this process, an Expert Reference Group has been formed to advise on the design of the Scheme. The ERG comprises representatives from the beverage, retail, and hospitality industries, the waste and recycling sector, environment groups, local government, and charities.”, informed the Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water, and Environment.
The Scheme is already in motion in New South Wales and ACT and is in negotiating stage in Victoria. Tasmania is likely to join the states by 2022 if everything goes accordingly.
“It will see a refund of 10 cents for all eligible drink containers returned to a designated return point in Tasmania. This has been an important decision which will allow legislation to be drafted for public consultation later this year.”, said Roger Jaensch, the Minister for Environment and Parks
Roger Jaensch further stated that it would see people receiving a refund for returning eligible drink containers to designated Refund Points around the state, significantly reducing litter and increasing recycling rates, thereby driving our circular economy.
The introduction of a Container Refund Scheme is cited to be a crucial action in Tasmania’s draft Waste Action Plan.