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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Container Refund Scheme Act
The Container Refund 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.
The Bill can be viewed on the Parliament website.
Can I start collecting 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 about 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)