Bottle Bill Resource Guide

Tasmania's container return scheme is currently in Parliament for discussion. As such, the Table below is indicative of the proposed deposit scheme. Everything in the Table is preliminary and should not be taken as the actual law.

Law Summary

Container Refund Scheme Bill 2021 [1]

Date Implemented N/A
Containers Covered

TBD, but likely, beverages that are  ≥150mL and ≤3L of the following materials: [2]

  • PET
  • HDPE
  • Glass
  • Aluminum
  • Steel
  • Liquid paperboard
Containers Not Covered
  • Regular milk containers
  • Glass wine bottles
  • Glass spirit bottles
  • Cordial bottles
  • Juice bottles >1L
    Amount of Deposit

    10¢ AUD

    Reclamation System
    • Over the Counter refund points
    • Retail stores
    • Automated kiosks
    • Large depots/manual points
    Handling Fee TBD
    Other Fees

    TBD

    Program Success TBD

    Details

    In 2018, the Government of Tasmania commissioned a model framework study for a container deposit scheme, outlining the foundations for such a scheme to take place and the effects it would have on beverage container litter. [3] In June 2019, the government announced they will be implementing a container deposit scheme, "as part of its commitment to protect Tasmania’s unique natural environment, provide opportunities to community groups and local businesses, and to help maintain the Tasmanian brand." [4] The chosen scheme operation is a "split responsibility model", where a designated Scheme Coordinator oversees finances and administration while a separate Network Operator administers the return points for containers. Contracts for both the Scheme Coordinator role and the Network Operator role will be rewarded through a public tender process. [5]

     

    Graphic: Governance model
     Image: Governance of the Tasmania Container Refund Scheme. Source: "Container Refund Scheme Bill 2021 Explanatory Paper."

     

    Consistent with other parts of Australia like ACT and South Australia, the refund amount is expected to be 10¢ AUD. Refunds may be returned in the following ways: [6]

    •  Cash
    • Electronic transfer to debit card, credit card, or PayPal
    • Retailer vouchers
    • Donations to a charity of choice.

    Public consultation on the scheme occurred during June and July 2021. Comments on the Scheme were summarized here. The bill for the CRS was first introduced and read in the Tasmanian Parliament's House of Assembly on 26 October 2021. If passed, the Scheme is expected to be implemented in 2022.

     

    Footnotes

    [1] "Container Refund Scheme Bill 2021 (54 of 2021)." Parliament of Tasmania. Last updated 26 October 2021.

    [2] "Container Refund Scheme Bill 2021 Explanatory Paper." Tasmania Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water and Environment. May 2021.

    [3] "A Model Framework for a Container Refund Scheme in Tasmania (Final Report)." Marsden Jacob Associates. April 2018.

    [4] "Container Refund Scheme For Tasmania." Archer, Elise. Tasmania Department of Premier and Cabinet. 6 June 2019.

    [5] "Container Refund Scheme Chosen." Jaensch, Roger. Minister for Environment and Parks. 4 February 2020.

    [6] See Footnote 2.

     

    Last updated on 26 October 2021.

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    Government

    Environment Protection Authority (TAS)

    Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water and Environment
    134 Macquarie Street
    Hobart TAS 7000
    Telephone: (03) 6165 4599
    Email: [email protected]

    Container Refund Scheme
    Policy and Business Branch
    DPIPWE
    134 Macquarie Street
    Hobart TAS 7000
    Phone: 03 6165 4599
    Email: [email protected]