A Draft Strategy to reduce the impact of waste disposed of to landfill, and to increase resource recovery in Tasmania has been released for public comment.
The Draft Tasmanian Waste and Resource Management Strategy will set key objectives for improved waste and resource management across the State.
"The appropriate management of waste is everybody’s business if we are to have resource-efficient society that contributes to a clean, healthy and sustainable Tasmania," Environment Division general manager Warren Jones said.
"This Strategy will provide the framework for the coordinated management and delivery of state-wide, regional and local waste avoidance, reduction and resource recovery initiatives, practices and services.
"The aim is to help deliver consistent outcomes in the areas of waste reduction and improved recycling and resource recovery rates."
Mr Jones said that the development of the Draft Strategy was a result of extensive stakeholder consultation.
"The Draft Strategy has been prepared for and in consultation with all sectors of the community."
"It is designed to compliment regional waste management planning and service delivery efforts and guide waste management programs and practices to meet current needs.
"It is based on the principles of waste reduction, sustainability and best practice in waste management and will lay the foundations for longer term waste management planning."
The Draft Strategy has several objectives including:
- Improved partnerships, coordination and planning
- Waste avoidance and sustainable consumption
- Waste minimisation and resource recovery
- Improved regulation and management of residual wastes
- Improved data collection systems, and
- Reduction of greenhouse gas emissions.
"Performance measures will also be set to gauge the success in implementing the Strategy."
"I encourage all those people with an interest in waste and resource management in Tasmania to read the draft strategy and would welcome their feedback."
The draft strategy is available for review on the Environment Division website until 22 December 2008.