Despite Tasmania’s pride in its pristine environment and relatively untouched wilderness areas, it is one of only two states in Australia that has not committed to implementing a Container Deposit Scheme to reduce the amount of container litter escaping into the environment.
After nearly 15 years of contemplating a CDS, the Tasmanian Government funded yet another study in 2018, into the viability and format of a state-based scheme. The results of this report are under review, but at the time of writing, (March 2019), no commitment has been made.
But there is a growing problem with beverage containers in Tasmania, borne out by Clean Up Australia’s 2018 Rubbish Report. The report showed that beverage containers and ‘beverage rubbish’ made up 48.2% of the total litter surveyed in the 2018 Tasmanian count. And what’s more, containers and ‘beverage rubbish’, as a proportion of all rubbish reported, increased by more than 30% on 2017 figures. (View Clean Up Australia’s 2018 Tasmania snapshot report)
As other states implement Container Deposit Schemes and beverage container rubbish forms a smaller and smaller contribution to their litter stream, Tasmania, along with Australia’s other recalcitrant state, Victoria, will continue to perform below the national average on beverage container litter.
If you support a Container Deposit Scheme in Tasmania, contact the Environment Minister, Elise Archer and let her know that Tasmania should implement a CDS!
Below is an example letter that you can send to the Environment Minster for Tasmania.
The Hon Elise Archer MP
Minister for the Environment and Parks
Level 10, 15 Murray Street
HOBART TAS 7000
I support the introduction of a 10c refundable deposit on bottles and cans to clean up litter and increase recycling in Tasmania. Newspolls results (conducted in Nov 2013) show that I am not alone – 95% of Tasmanians agree.
As you know container deposits have operated successfully in South Australia for nearly 40 years and they are effective in over 40 places around the world. Cash for Containers has led to a significant increase in recycling rates in the Northern Territory in its first three years.
The NSW Government has also introduced Cash for Containers – beginning in December 2017. Queensland, Western Australia, and the ACT have also announced that they will be introducing Cash for Containers in early 2018 and early 2019, respectively. I want Tasmania and Victoria to be part of a harmonised east coast Container Deposit System.
I support a modern, efficient, convenient and low-cost container deposit system. The social and economic benefits include more jobs in local resource recovery and a new source of income for charities. The environmental benefits are enormous with less plastic and other pollution in our waterways, parks and roadsides.
Local councils in the city and country can also benefit from Cash for Containers.
I call on you to introduce a 10c refundable deposit on bottles and cans in TASMANIA – to reduce the litter and increase the recycling of beverage containers.
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This page was last updated on 25 March 2019