Recycle Rewards

​​​​​​​​​​​​​Due to start in 2023​, Tasmania's new container refund scheme will be known as Recycle Rewards. A key Tasmanian Government initiative that aims to reduce litter and increase recycling while also supporting the development of our circular economy. 


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You can stay informed on Tasma​​nia's Recycle Rewards by signing up for our quarterly Waste Initiatives newsletter - Register Now​

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​Container Refund Sch​em​e Act​​​

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. 

T​he Bill can be viewed on the Parliament website. ​​

Can I start c​​ollecting containers now?

You should only begin collecting your beverage containers once the Scheme has started. 

In the meantime, we encourage consumers not to ‘stockpile’ containers and to continue to recycle as normal in their yellow lidded kerbside bin, or public recycling bins, until the Scheme starts.

Find out ​​more abou​​t the Scheme

Background information on Recycle Rewards

Drink containers make up 45 per cent of Tasmania’s litter, by volume. When the Scheme starts, Tasmanians will get a refund for each eligible drink container they return to a designated Refund Point. The statewide Container Refund Scheme (CRS) aims to reduce litter and boost recycling, to protect our unique natural environment. Millions of drink containers will be recycled each year instead of ending up in our parks, rivers and beaches. 

Every Australian state and territory has a CRS or has committed to implement one. All states are working to harmonise the refund amount, which is currently 10 cents per container.   

Check out the last Waste Initiatives Progress Report outlining the status of various waste initiatives in Tasmania including CRS. The Progress Report outlines the key actions that the Government is already implementing or has committed additional resourcing to in the 2021-22 Budget.  ​​

 Waste Initiatives Progress Report (PDF 335Kb)

Previous Studies

In recent years several studies have been conducted to assess how such a scheme could work in Tasmania.

2018 - A Model Framework for a Container Refund Scheme in Tasmania​​

 A Model Framework for a Container Refund Scheme in Tasmania (PDF 5Mb)

​2014 - Cost benefit analysis for a Tasmanian Container Deposit System​

 Cost Benefit Study of a Tasmanian Container Deposit System - Final Report (PDF 1Mb)

​2009 - Feasibility Study for Container Deposit System​

 Feasibility Study of a Container Deposit System for Tasmania (PDF 1Mb)

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Container Refund Scheme
Natural Resources and Environment Tasmania
134 Macquarie Street
Hobart TAS 7000