Tasmania is a state of great natural beauty with many unique and protected environmental values as well as productive agricultural lands, vibrant manufacturing industries, and an innovative hospitality and food service sector.
The Tasmanian Government is driving a new pathway away from ‘waste management’ into ‘resource recovery’ and has set a target of reducing the volume of organic waste sent to landfill by 25% in 2025 and 50% by 2030.
The Department of Natural Resources and Environment Tasmania initiated a body of work designed to support strong leadership and strategic frameworks to transform the state’s current relationship to ‘waste’ in ways that will result in changed attitudes and practices, bringing better local environmental, social and economic outcomes.
RMCG Tasmania led a consortium of consultants to develop the Tasmanian Organics Research Report which investigates the promising opportunities that the state’s organic waste streams could offer to several industry sectors.
It formed the basis for a Tasmanian Organics Strategic Framework which provides a suggested structure, elements and focus areas that may be considered when developing the organics section of Tasmania’s Waste Strategy (planned for late 2022).
The RMCG-led consortium included Rawtec (SA), Optimum Standard (Tas) and Carbon Clarity (UK). The team’s understanding of the local landscape of organics generation, fates and technologies as well as relationships with key stakeholders was combined with international, national and South Australian perspectives and insights.
The methodology of data capture, analysis and scenario modelling used an adaptive approach and included intensive stakeholder consultation. The project was conducted in close collaboration with the Waste Initiatives Team at Natural Resources and Environment Tasmania, in consultation with the Environment Protection Authority, and with critical input from a project reference group which represented key stakeholder groups.