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 has 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 is leading 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. The Final Draft is now available here.
It will form the basis for a Tasmanian Organics Strategic Framework that is being prepared by the consortium and will be completed in February 2022. The Framework should provide guidance on the organics sector to the new Waste and Resource Recovery Board. The Board will oversee Tasmania’s long-term waste strategy as per the Tasmanian Waste and Resource Recovery Bill.
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.
The research report does not present an approach to managing waste. Rather, it captures the current landscape of organic waste generation and how it is managed. Based on this, it describes multiple opportunities for redirecting organic resources from landfill and current low value uses to recovery, upcycling and value-adding.
It analyses current and future options for changing wasteful behaviours and practices to show the benefits of the redesign of the current one-way direction for ‘unwanted’ organic materials into a circular, beneficial direction for the state and its people.