Two business giants want to work with the state government to run Tasmania’s coming container recycling scheme.
Beverage makers Coca-Cola Amatil and Lion (a subsidiary of Japanese company Kirin) propose having a not-for-profit operation deliver what they say would be a world class service to reduce waste from beverage product packaging.
They have established a not-for-profit entity called TasRecycle with that in mind.
“The Tasmanian government has committed to having a CRS in operation in Tasmania in 2022 as part of their Waste Action Plan for a circular economy, and we strongly share that goal,” Coca-Cola Amatil group head of CDS implementation Jeff Maguire said.
“As producers, we are advocating for the Tasmanian government to adopt a producer responsibility scheme.
“This model seeks to minimise cost impact on consumers and increase jobs, community participation and commercial opportunities for community organisations, charities, small businesses and councils.
“The scheme coordinator does not make a profit, but, importantly, incentivises scheme participants to do so.”
The companies said a producer responsibility scheme “complements and grows existing recycling activities” and would be significantly cheaper for the community than other schemes.
Shortly before becoming Premier in January, Peter Gutwein said work had started on developing an appropriate CRS model for consultation, with the community, business and industry.
“The 2022 implementation target for the CRS gives us the time to learn from schemes operating in other jurisdictions and get the model right so that all Tasmanians can share in the benefits of a contemporary CRS,” Mr Gutwein said at the time.
“Specialist advice from government and industry, as well as the establishment of an expert reference group, will be critical in the scheme’s success.”
The two companies said they had been involved in operating and administering container deposit or refund schemes for more than 40 years and had been involved in implementing four schemes in Australia in the last six years.