Tasmanian Waste & Resource Recovery Strategy 2022 - 2025

Published on 25 November 2022

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The Tasmanian Waste and Resource Recovery Strategy is a key requirement under the Waste and Resource Recovery Act 2022. Under the WRR Act, the Strategy is to identify long-term and short-term objectives to divert products and materials from disposal at landfill facilities, maximise resource recovery, and improve waste management practices.

There are significant opportunities for Tasmania to greatly improve its performance with products and materials to avoid waste and improve resource recovery outcomes in line with the waste hierarchy; where the most preferred option is avoiding waste and the least preferred option is disposal to landfill (Figure 2). This Strategy will drive change through coordinated and collaborative action. This will require all the leaders in communities, business, industries and government to work closely together in the most strategic manner.

The Board has a bold vision to guide waste management in Tasmania. This vision looks to the future and signals a new approach where materials and products are recognised with a value, rather than a ‘waste material’ to be sent to landfill.

The recent establishment of the Waste and Resource Recovery Board and compliance with the WRR Act requires the development of this inaugural draft Tasmanian Waste and Resource Recovery Strategy.

This Strategy builds on the Tasmanian Government’s 2019 Waste Action Plan and is based on analyses of currently available data and information. It is however, recognised that historic data for Tasmania has its limitations, and a key priority is improving the quality and availability of accurate data.

The criteria and method for assessing the adequacy of the Strategy and its implementation will be based on providing accurate and timely data, regular reporting on the progress of actions, and the progress made towards the identified targets.

The draft Strategy sets the tone for the future and aligns with the aspirations of the 2019 Tasmanian Government Waste Action Plan. The draft Strategy also recognises the necessity for the Board to work collaboratively with stakeholders to ensure consistency and optimise effort.

Implementation of this Strategy is underpinned by four pillars: each of the pillars have clear objectives and detailed actions. A key action is the future review of this Strategy which will be undertaken through a comprehensive engagement process to identify longer term objectives and actions to encourage all Tasmanians to avoid waste through the reuse of materials and products.

A more efficient and less wasteful waste management regime will result in significant economic and social benefits, together with a wide range of other improved environmental outcomes. It will also result in the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions and foster further renewable energy development. We have made some significant advances in recent years, but we now need to achieve much more.

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New strategies are needed based on circular economy principles which seek to reuse products and materials, and reduce the generation and landfilling of waste and to increase resource recovery.

Together we will deliver, with and for,

the Tasmanian community.

👉Download the Draft Tasmanian Waste & Recovery Strategy 2022(PDF, 1MB) - 2025♻👈

Have Your Say

The Tasmanian Government is committed to providing opportunities for community involvement in the development of Government policy and the Tasmanian Waste and Resource Recovery Board is seeking your input on this Draft Tasmanian Waste and Resource Recovery Strategy.

How to make a submission

All written submissions on the Draft Tasmanian Waste Strategy must be received by 31 January 2023.

Submissions can be sent to:

Email: enquiries@wrr.tas.gov.au

Mail: GPO Box 44, Hobart, Tasmania 7001

Other than indicated below, submissions will be treated as public information and will be published on our website at wrr.tas.gov.au

For further information, please contact enquiries@wrr.tas.gov.au

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