Tasmanian Container Refund Scheme

After careful consideration over a number of years, Tasmania has chosen a split responsibility model which avoids a conflict of interest for the beverage industry in the operation of the scheme.

The uniquely Tasmanian scheme will be one of the most advanced of its kind in the world. As well as built in charity involvement from the outset, the Tasmanian CDS will deliver more return points per capita, world class technology, and maximum customer convenience – all of which will lead to a higher return rates and improved environmental outcomes.

TOMRA and its joint venture partner Cleanaway hope to play a part in making the uniquely Tasmanian CDS an exceptional scheme.

New Container Refund Scheme Set To Boost Local Economy In Tasmania

TOMRA congratulates the Tasmanian Government on backing the best possible Container Refund Scheme for Tasmania. The split-responsibility model Minister Jaensch and the Gutwein Government have endorsed is a big win for the environment, the community and the economy.

4 February 2021

The Tasmanian Government has just announced what Tasmania’s new Container Refund Scheme (CRS) will look like.

The CRS, set to commence in 2022, will help tackle litter, increase recycling and generate a variety of jobs for locals at a time when the economy has been seriously impacted.

TOMRA Collection Solutions, scheme technology provider and operator in NSW, QLD, NT and WA, congratulate Minister Jaensch and the Gutwein Government on endorsing the new split-responsibility model.

Ryan Buzzell, President of TOMRA Collection Solutions Pacific, said: “This split-responsibility model is a proven way of boosting recycling, reducing litter and creating new jobs in the circular economy.”

“Delivering this scheme design will also provide fantastic fundraising opportunities for Tassie charities, community groups and local sporting clubs.”

The split responsibility model Tasmania is committed to legislating ahead of 2022 incentivises an independent network operator to achieve the highest return rates possible, meaning more material is secured for reprocessing and less litter ends up in landfill or waterways.

A network operator driven to service every part of the state, will also bring important jobs to communities right across Tasmania and enable fundraising opportunities for sporting clubs, community groups and charities large and small.

“The split responsibility design maximises recycling by maximising convenience for consumers, that’s the key” says Markus Fraval, TOMRA’s Head of Business Development.

“The best-performing systems around the world work with retail locations to make recycling part of people’s everyday routine. Locating RVMs in shopping centres or supermarket carparks means that instead of requiring a separate, dedicated trip to an out-of-the-way depot to return your containers, you can simply drop off your empty bottles and cans on your way into the shops.”

Fraval says: “Throughout the design process, the Tasmanian Government have shown an impressive commitment to a convenient, best-practice CRS.”

“Minister Jaensch has focused on boosting recycling, creating jobs and helping the community and today’s announcement clearly reflects that.”

What’s eligible in Container Deposit Schemes across Australia

Most beverage containers (larger than 150ml and smaller than 3L) that are made from aluminium, glass, plastic, steel and liquid paperboard are eligible for a 10c refund when returned to a TOMRA Reverse Vending Machine.

Do not crush your containers or remove the labels as our scanners will need to identify the shape, label and barcode to register your refund.

Eligible containers:

  • Eligible Containers
  • Plastic Bottles - Eligible
  • Glass Bottles - Eligible
  • Aluminium Cans - Eligible
  • Paperboard Cartons - Eligible

Ineligible containers:

  • Ineligible Containers
  • Fruit Juice Cartons - Ineligible
  • Cordial Bottles - Ineligible
  • Wine and Spirit Bottles - Inelligible
  • Milk Containers - Ineligible