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.
- Commitment to the development of a Statewide Waste Action Plan for Tasmania was made at the Round Table. A draft is being prepared and will be ready for consultation shortly.
- Commenced developing a program to utilise offenders on Community Service Orders to pick up litter on public land.
- The development of curriculum-based teaching resources on waste. The first of these has been released on the topic of plastic waste.
- See information on litter statistics in Tasmania.
See also other important areas for managing waste in Tasmania, such as Rethink Waste.