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A CONTAINER REFUND SCHEME FOR ALL TASMANIANS


MORE RECYCLING

MORE JOBS

MAXIMUM COMMUNITY AND ECONOMIC BENEFITS

Tasmanians use more than 270 million drink containers every year. Sadly, many are not recycled, ending up in landfill and as litter across our state

The good news is the Tasmanian Government has announced it will deliver a Container Refund Scheme in 2022, a great initiative that will increase recycling, reduce landfill and reward Tasmanians for taking part.

How does it work?

Tasmanians buy and enjoy over 270 million eligible drinks each year.

Members of the public can collect empty eligible drink containers and take them to a refund point, where they’ll receive 10 cents for each one.

Refund point operators sort the collected containers by material type into provided storage bins and are paid a further fee of up to 6.5 cents per eligible container for collecting containers.

Containers are then collected for further processing and sold to accredited recyclers.

New recycled drink containers and other products are created.

Tasmanians buy and enjoy over 270 million eligible drinks each year.

Members of the public can collect empty eligible drink containers and take them to a refund point, where they’ll receive 10 cents for each one.

Refund point operators sort the collected containers by material type into provided storage bins and are paid a further fee of up to 6.5 cents per eligible container for collecting containers.

Containers are then collected for further processing and sold to accredited recyclers.

New recycled drink containers and other products are created.

The Government recently announced that they plan to introduce a Monopoly Network Operator Model for their scheme. This is despite commissioning expert advice in 2018 which recommend they adopt a Community (Producer) Responsibility Scheme which prioritises jobs, community benefits and a role for everyone. This type of scheme operates in QLD, WA, SA and the NT.

Why does it matter which model is chosen?

There’s no difference in the 10 cent refund received by consumers when they return their containers. But there is a big difference in the cost impact for consumers and benefits that flow to community organisations, charities, sporting clubs and small businesses.

Community (Producer Responsibility) Scheme

NSW Monopoly model

Employment

150

Tasmanian jobs created

Employment

90

Tasmanian jobs created

Scheme Cost

$59M

Lower cost to run the scheme, lower cost impact on consumers and businesses

Scheme Cost

$68M

Higher cost to run the scheme, higher cost impact on consumers and businesses

Local Community Benefits

*$6MPer annum

In extra revenue for community organisations (including football clubs, charities, community groups) as refund points

Local Community Benefits

*$0.4MPer annum

In extra revenue for community organisations as refund points

Small/Medium Businesses

*$8MPer annum

Extra revenue for small businesses

Small/Medium Businesses

*$1.2MPer annum

Extra revenue for small businesses

*Based on independent modelling undertaken for TasRecycle.

A Community (Producer Responsibility) Scheme delivers a level playing field so everyone can take part

It means…

Higher Rates of Recycling

More benefits for Tasmanian community organisations

More Jobs for Tasmanians

A Community (Producer Responsibility) Model launched in WA in October. On day one of the scheme, nearly 700 jobs had been created through the scheme, with over 40 per cent of those jobs going to people living with disability, long-term unemployed and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

Around 40 percent of the network is operated by non-profit and Aboriginal organisations; 10 percent by Local Governments; and around half by for-profit enterprises, many of whom have partnered with a local community group to run refund points or are local family businesses.

“There’s no doubt whatsoever that the Community Producer Responsibility Model delivers a better outcome for community organisations and charities. We’ve seen it in action and it works. The scheme has delivered $30m to supporting scouting in SA over the last 10 years.”