Due to our western lifestyle and consumption patterns, Australians produce some of the highest amounts of waste per capita. As a community we need to get better at reducing and re-using materials, recovering resources and managing waste. The decision by China in early 2018 to restrict the importation of 24 categories of solid waste has intensified the need in Australia and Tasmania to better manage waste and recyclables.
The State Government is working collaboratively with local government, industry and organisations involved with waste management to improve the management of waste in Tasmania.
Action on Waste
The Tasmanian Government is taking action on waste. A collaborative approach is being adopted which allows state and local government, industry, waste management authorities and the community to work together to produce the best outcome. So far, the following actions have been undertaken:
- The Minister for Environment, The Hon. Elise Archer, MP, hosted a Round Table on waste and recycling in July 2018 with key stakeholders in the industry to identify challenges, barriers and opportunities for managing waste and recycling in Tasmania. A summary report, media release and communique provide further information about the outcomes of the Round Table.
- A consultant's report on a model framework for a Container Refund Scheme for Tasmania was released.
A container refund scheme is to be established in Tasmania to assist with reducing litter, and to help recover the resources that beverage containers are made from. The scheme was announced in June 2019 and is intended to be operational by 2022. More information is available on the DPIPWE Website - Container Refund Scheme
- A draft Waste Action Plan was released for comment in June, with submissions closing on 7 October. Information about the Plan is available on the DPIPWE website - Waste Action Plan.
- Commenced developing a program to utilise offenders on Community Service Orders to pick up litter on public land.
- The development of teaching resources on waste, aligned with the Australian Curriculum. To date, teaching reasources have been developed on plastic waste, paper waste and litter.
- See information on litter statistics in Tasmania.
See also other important areas for managing waste in Tasmania, such as Rethink Waste.