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