The report’s key finding is that "overall, while the impacts of a Container Deposit Scheme for Tasmanian Local Government are not as beneficial as generally estimated in the PICRIS, a container deposit scheme will potentially be beneficial to the viability of the Tasmanian kerbside recycling system as it will increase the convertible value of the materials in a kerbside recycling bin”.
“We will share the results with the State Government as an input to their recently announced tender process for a cost benefit study of a Tasmanian container deposit system so that a picture of risks and benefits can continue to be built,” Easther said.
“In future, we may need to look at a range of scenarios and case study individual council impacts,” he said.
Currently, South Australian and the Northern Territory have container deposits schemes. South Australia's scheme has been operating since 1971, while the Northern Territory's scheme began in January 2012.
Container deposit schemes have been subject to fierce resistance from large packaging companies such as Coca Cola Amatil and Lion. These companies successfully challenged the NT container deposit scheme in the High Court, but only managed to delay it as the territory got Federal Government support to overrule the constitutional challenge.
In August 2012 Local Government NSW also commissioned a study and found a container deposit scheme would also benefit NSW Councils. The full report on the Tasmania study is available on the LGAT website.