A new report on a model Container Recovery Scheme (CRS) for Tasmania has just been released. The report was prepared for the Tasmanian Government by Marsden Jacob Associates.
The report contains 23 recommendations and concludes that a CRS for Tasmania should include the following characteristics:
- Common features with other jurisdictions including eligible containers and deposit amount.
- CRS to be run by a single co-ordinator and operator set up as a product stewardship organisation (PSO).
- The PSO to be overseen by a Board of Directors that is representative of the industry but ensures access to relevant expertise.
- Transparent responsibilities and performance objectives of the PSO to be set out in the enabling legislation.
- Redemption and access targets should be established in the regulations:
- Target at least 60 refund points
- Target a redemption rate of at least 80%
- Graduated sanctions for failing to meet those targets.
- Let the market determine operational details of the system.
- Verifiable auditing and tracking systems required to ensure objectives and targets are met.
- Allow 18 months to set up scheme.
- Potential cost savings to local councils.
- Total funding requirement of the scheme over 20 years of $239 million of which $138 million are refunded deposits. Real costs of running the scheme are about $101 million or around 4c per eligible container.
- Nominal price impacts on consumers who don't redeem containers start at around 10 cents per container and rise over time to about 16 cents per container. Cost impacts on consumers who redeem containers (price impact less refund) start at around 0 cents per container and rise to about 6 cents per container.
- Beverage container litter falls by approximately 50% with a redemption rate of 80%.
Read the final CRS Framework Report here.