The Tasmanian government will launch a Container Refund Scheme to reduce litter and improve resource recovery and recycling in the state.
A new law which was first introduced into Parliament last year will take effect next year.
Beverage containers make up 43 per cent of Tasmania’s litter and pose severe health risks as well as harm to marine life, according to the government. The National Litter Index for 2017/18 found an 18 per cent increase in litter in Tasmanian parks while waste on beaches rose by 15 per cent.
The scheme aims to collect and recycle as many used drink containers as possible. A 10 cent incentive will be given to consumers who return eligible drink containers. A network of Refund Points will be established throughout Tasmania to facilitate recycling.
Environment minister Roger Jaensch said the scheme will help build a more sustainable circular economy.
“Container Refund Scheme Bill 2021 is an important part of the Tasmanian Government’s commitment to reducing litter and increasing resource recovery and recycling. A Container Refund Scheme will also generate purer streams of recyclable materials that can have a second life as inputs to new products.”
Impacted containers include 150 ml to three-litre containers, beer cans, soft drinks cans, PET and glass bottles, flavoured juice cartons and boxes.