Tenders are being sought to assess the feasibility of introducing a container deposit system in Tasmania.
The Minister for Environment, Parks, Heritage and the Arts, Michelle O’Byrne, said environmental consultants were being asked to submit proposals to examine container deposit systems in Australia and overseas, and then assess the options for a Tasmanian system.
"South Australia has operated a container deposit system for many years, and we want to gather the best possible information to help us understand whether such a system could be used here in Tasmania," Ms O’Byrne said.
"We need to investigate the best method to increase resource recovery rates for packaging materials and beverage containers.
"All of us would like to see less litter and better recovery of valuable recyclable materials."
The study will include analysis of existing beverage container recovery systems in Tasmania and will also look at return-to-depot systems, transport arrangements, collection depots and reverse vending machines.
The study will also examine community and stakeholder attitudes about possible introduction of a container deposit system in the state.
"Tasmanians want a clean and healthy environment and the State Government is continuing to explore ways to address the problems of littering in our streets and roadways," Ms O’Byrne said.
"This includes new litter laws and the Litter Hotline established as part of a Look Who’s Littering – On the Road campaign which focuses on people who toss cigarette butts and other litter from vehicles or dump rubbish on the roadside and in the bush."
The tender period for the feasibility study closes on Friday 25 July 2008.
Copies of the tender documents can be downloaded from: www.tenders.tas.gov.au