Understanding Organic Waste

​​​​​​​​The development of an Organics Strategy was a priority area identified in the 2019 draft Waste Action Plan. The State Government has set the target of reducing the volume of organic waste sent to landfill by 25% by 2025 and 50% by 2030.

The draft Waste Action Plan notes that in Tasmania the organic waste stream offers a range of promising opportunities. There are several industry sectors that could provide opportunities for reducing organic waste generation and boosting related business and employment opportunities, namely: the bioeconomy (agriculture, aquaculture, agrifood, agritech, biological-cycle based system) renewables and reducing emissions from organic waste.

To better understand organic waste streams in Tasmania and the opportunities they present, the Department​ has engaged consultants RMCG (who are partnering with Rawtec, Optimum Standard, and Carbon Clarity) to:

  1. ​prepare a research report to ​identify ​organic waste streams in Tasmania, expand knowledge about the volume and nature of those organic waste streams, and;

  2. prepare a strategic framework to identify options and actions for future treatment and uses of organic waste. 

A final draft research report was completed in November 2021:

 Final Draft Tasmanian Organics Research Report - Nov 2021 (PDF 11Mb)

The consultants have provided a summary of the draft research report findings. 

 Tasmanian Organics Summary 2021 (PDF 7Mb)​

The research report and strategic framework will be finalised in early 2022.


Waste Initiatives
Natural Resources and Environment Tasmania
134 Macquarie Street
Hobart TAS 7000
Phone: 03 6165 4599
Email: Waste.Initiatives@nre.tas.gov.au