Container Deposit Schemes
- Tasmania

Tasmania is currently on track to launch a Container Refund Scheme in early 2023.

The statewide Container Refund Scheme [CRS] aims to reduce litter and boost recycling and resource recovery to protect Tasmania’s natural environment. Drink containers make up 45 per cent of Tasmania’s litter, by volume. The CRS will create a valuable clean waste stream for these containers.

The Tasmanian Government announced in early 2021 that the preferred model for its CRS was a ‘split responsibility’ governance. That means a Scheme Coordinator oversees the Scheme’s finances and administration, while an independent Network Operator establishes and runs the network of Container Refund Points.

The Container Refun​​d Scheme Bill 2021 has passed through Parliament, supporting the Government’s vision of reducing litter and increasing recycling​. The Bill passed the House of Assembly on 10 November 2021, and passed the Legislative Council unamended on 10 March 2022.

You can stay informed​ on Tasma​​nia’s CRS and be alerted to the public consultation period, by si​​gning up for regular email updates with the Tasmanian Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water and Environment [DPIPWE].

Studies have been carried out by the Tasmanian Government on implementing a Scheme in the State and further information can be found here and here.

State CDS Information for Manufacturers

As part of the design and implementation process of the CRS, the Tasmanian Government established an Expert Reference Group [ERG] to act as an advisory group.

The ERG is made up of representatives from:
• the beverage, retail and hospitality industries
• the waste and recycling sector
• environment groups
• local government, and
• charities.

The Australian Beverages Council Ltd [ABCL] is a proactive and committed member of the ERG. The ABCL disseminates relevant information to members regarding the ERG and CRS via member forums.

Further information can be found on the DPIPWE website.
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