Draft Container Refund Scheme 2021

TasCOSS welcomes the introduction of a Container Refund Scheme (CRS) and the potential it provides for social benefit beyond the environmental benefits of recycling.

We view the establishment of a CRS in Tasmania as a unique opportunity for community organisations, charities and not-for-profit organisations (NFPs) to participate in and benefit from significant revenue raising, business opportunities, industry training and job creation.

TasCOSS considers the draft legislation could be improved by preferencing a Community Producer Responsibility model, similar to the models operating in other states (South Australia, Western Australia, Queensland and the Northern Territory). The model design in the draft bill lends itself to a large, monopoly, waste company operating as a single network operator with a focus on profit rather than the scheme’s objectives.

We urge the State Government to reconsider the operating model provided for in the draft bill and further explore the potential for a Community Producer Responsibility model.