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Tasmania’s Landfill Levy: starts July 1

The new landfill levy is a fee paid by Tasmania’s landfill operators for every tonne of waste disposed in their landfill. Waste is weighed at time of delivery and a $20/tonne fee is collected by the State Government. The Tasmanian Government’s landfill levy starts from 1 July 2022. The money raised through the levy is […]

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Why salvaging building site waste is good for your bottom line

It’s no secret that our landfills are choking on waste – bad news for both our environment and the planet. The good news is, just like our household waste, we could be salvaging much of the building site waste coming from construction and demolition jobs. And, with the State Government introducing a new levy on […]

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How Product Stewardship Schemes are helping Tasmanian businesses reduce landfill costs

Most of us do a great job utilising kerbside recycling – both at home and in our businesses. But what about those tricky items that seem, by all accounts, unrecyclable? Too often, these products (and the precious materials they contain) end up in landfill, which is bad news for our economy and the health of […]

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How to tell if packaging can be composted

If you’re unsure what packaging can be composted, then these are the two trusted symbols to look for: Items with either of these symbols mean they have been tested and certified against the Australian Standard as 100% compostable. NOTE! This does NOT mean they are recyclable, so please DO NOT place compostable packaging in your […]

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Step Up to Clean Up Tasmania

Tasmania’s three regional Waste Management Groups are encouraging everyone to Step Up to Clean Up Tasmania during Australia’s biggest community based environmental event, Clean Up Australia Day, as the state’s environment continues to feel the effects of increased household waste and changed habits created by COVID-19.Since the pandemic began, there’s been growing numbers of single-use […]

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How to dispose of Rapid Antigen Tests and facemasks

To be COVID safe, used Rapid Antigen Tests (RATs) and facemasks should be disposed of in the garbage bin.RATs and facemasks cannot be recycled in kerbside bins. Mask straps should be snipped before placing the whole item in the garbage, to reduce the risk to wildlife if the mask accidentally becomes litter. Used RATs are […]

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Understanding Plastic Identification Codes (PICs)

Plastic products often feature a Plastics Identification Code (PIC) triangle also known as a Resin Identification Code. It is a classification system created by plastic manufacturers to identify the type of plastic used to make a product. The codes are usually found stamped or printed on the bottom of products and show a number from […]

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Recycling potential well beyond the kerbside bin

Let’s go beyond kerbside recycling in Tasmania… With less than half of the total possible recyclable and reusable waste generated in Tasmania currently being recovered, we’re hoping that National Recycling Week 2021 (8 – 14 November)  will encourage people to discover the big variety of recycling, repair and reuse service available across the state. Kerbside […]

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2021 Waste NoT Award Winners Announced

Congratulations to all winners in the eighth annual Waste NoT Awards (NoT = Northern Tasmania)! Primary School CategoryLongford Primary School – found unique and innovative ways to make their school more sustainable. They have purchased waste separation bins and are now separating soft plastics, paper, general recycling and compost. The compost is used in the […]

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What We’ve Learnt from Tasmania’s Waste Levy Experience

Did you know that a landfill waste levy already exists in around half of Tasmania? You may have heard that in July 2022, the Tasmanian Government is planning to introduce a levy on all waste sent to landfill across Tasmania. This is one of many initiatives in the Government’s Waste Action Plan to improve the […]

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Investment boost for waste reduction awareness initiatives

Tasmania’s three Regional Waste Management Groups, backed by 27 Local Councils, welcome the Tasmanian Government’s support of Rethink Waste Tasmania.  The $95,000 investment will increase the number and reach of waste awareness and education activities that are delivered across the state; aimed at reducing the amount of waste sent to landfill and maximising resource recovery. […]

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Which bin for long-life cartons?

Can a long-life carton go in the kerbside recycling bin? Long-life liquid cartons (also known as UHT cartons, aseptic drink boxes, or Tetra Paks) can no longer be recycled anywhere in Tasmania and so, unfortunately, must be disposed in the garbage. Long-life cartons are made from a combination of cardboard with thin layers of plastic […]

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Paintback: how to safely dispose of unwanted paint and varnish

Can’t find a re-use for your old paint, varnish, deck stains or the old paintpots and pails?  Then the Paintback scheme, which celebrated its fifth anniversary in May 2021, can take it for safe disposal. Paintback is open to households and trade users.  It receives unwanted paint and paint packaging from more than 155 Australian […]

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Reusable Modern Cloth Nappies and Wipes

Reusable Vs Disposable Nappies – why make the switch? In Hobart alone, every year approximately 466 tonnes – the equivalent of 100 full garbage trucks – of disposable nappies end up in McRobies Gully landfill. Multiply that across Tasmania and there are millions of disposable nappies being sent to landfill every year, each nappy taking […]

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A guide to low waste period products

Around 300 million tampons and 500 million pads are sold in Australia each year. The Sustainable Period Project estimates that with every period where only disposable pads and tampons are used, Australians spend up to $20 and throw away one shopping bag full of plastics, fibres and packaging. And with the average woman using over […]

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Tasmania’s Container Refund Scheme (CRS)

The Tasmanian Government is introducing a Container Refund Scheme (CRS) as part of its Waste Action Plan. Tasmania’s CRS is getting closer with the legislation now through both houses of parliament and work underway to appoint a Scheme Coordinator and Network Operators. The aim is to start the CRS sometime in early 2023. Like in […]

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Northern Tasmania Waste Minimisation Grant Recipients Announced

The Northern Tasmanian Waste Management Group’s annual resource recovery and waste minimisation grants program has allocated $70,000 towards funding eligible organisations in Northern Tasmania who are demonstrating innovation towards decreasing the amount of waste sent to landfill. The program responds to the increasing financial pressures associated with meeting landfill management, environmental and rehabilitation standards, as […]

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Australian National Waste Report 2020

The National Waste Report was prepared by Blue Environment on commission to the Australian Government Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment, which has committed to producing a report every two years. The report provides a summary of the status of waste in Australia in 2018-19,including data on waste generation, source streams, materials and fates. […]

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Congratulations Waste NoT Awards 2020 Winners!

Waste NoT Awards 2020 Winners The winners of the seventh annual Waste NoT awards have been announced, with nine projects selected across several categories for their innovative waste management initiatives in Northern Tasmania. The Awards were hosted by the Northern Tasmanian Waste Management Group.Congratulations everyone! Early Learners Category: Break O’Day Child and Family Centre The […]

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What is e-waste?

What is e-waste? E-waste (short for electronic-waste) is electrical equipment that no longer works and can’t be repaired. It Includes computers, printers, mobile phones, TVs, monitors and electrical accessories like keyboards, power supplies and cables. Some e-waste products are recycled under Product Stewardship Schemes, this means that when you buy these products a portion of […]

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Circular Economy Northern Tasmania ….. it makes sense

Circular Economy Northern Tasmania…. it makes sense Northern Tasmanian businesses that want to explore circular economy initiatives have been encouraged to apply to a new grants program. The circular economy is about moving away from a “take it, make it, break it and bin it” lifecycle to one that reuses, repairs, repurposes and recycles and […]

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Ways to Reduce Waste & Make Positive Purchase Decisions in the Home

From buying in bulk and using your own storage containers to choosing electric razors over disposable ones – this quick reference guide is packed full of ideas to reduce waste in the home! Download your copy here Planning a renovation? Before you start, check out these handy tips for reducing waste when extending, updating or […]

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Clothing and Textiles – too valuable to waste

Did you know? So what can you do about clothing and textile waste? 1. Buy second hand, quality items which will last2. Only buy what you love and know you will wear again and again and again3. Borrow or rent instead of buying if only needed for a single occasion or short period of time4. […]

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Which type of polystyrene can be recycled in Northern Tasmania?

Look at the size of the foam ‘bubbles’ in the polystyrene. If they are big and soft, that is likely to be expanded polystyrene and that CAN be recycled in Northern Tasmania. If no ‘bubbles’ can be seen in the polystyrene or they are very small and the surface is very smooth, they cannot be […]

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