November 12, 2022
Roger Jensch, Minister for the Environment and Climate Change
Tasmania’s Free Government is investing heavily in the resource recovery sector and promoting the establishment of a circular economy.
National Recycling Week highlights historic reforms in recycling and recovery underway in Tasmania.
Our government has changed the way we think about Tasmania’s waste, which was previously buried underground, to see it as a resource that can be reused in a productive economy.
Our government provides in the following ways:
- Providing $3 million to the Dulverton Waste Management Authority to transform an existing outdoor composting system into an enclosed and fully controlled system.
- Awarded $3 million to Barwick’s to establish a regional organic waste treatment facility in southern Tasmania.
- It has recently begun expressing interest in this grant program, pledging up to $3 million to partner with industry to develop a rubber crushing plant to address Tasmania’s scrap tires.
- Help King Island, Flinders Island and the West Coast Council improve recycling infrastructure and services by matching $870,000 in federal funding through the Remote/Regional Recycling Modernization Fund.
- Provide $5.5 million in federal funding, combined with private investment, to increase Tasmania’s plastic recycling capacity.When
- Additionally, we will soon be releasing a targeted plastic recycling grant round to fill the gap left by Envorinex.
Importantly, in the future, such investments will be made using funds raised through landfill taxes, enabling those who generate waste to contribute to future recycling and reprocessing solutions. That’s it.
In addition to making significant investments in infrastructure, we are also working to establish a container refund scheme, now known as the Recycling Benefit, a key initiative of this government to reduce waste and increase recycling in Tasmania.
Growing the circular economy is a government priority and these initiatives will play a key role in reducing waste and emissions, improving the environment and creating jobs for Tasmanians.
Additional information can be found on the sector’s website: nre.tas.gov.au/environmental-management/waste-and-resource-recovery/investment-in-the-resource-recovery-sector
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