The development of an Organics Strategy was a priority area identified in the 2019 draft Waste Action Plan (WAP). The State Government has set the target of reducing the volume of organic waste sent to landfill by 25% by 2025 and 50% by 2030.
The draft WAP notes that in Tasmania the organic waste stream offers a range of promising opportunities. There are several industry sectors that could provide opportunities for reducing organic waste generation and boosting related business and employment opportunities, namely: the bioeconomy (agriculture, aquaculture, agrifood, agritech, biological-cycle based system) renewables and reducing emissions from organic waste.
To better understand organic waste streams in Tasmania and the opportunities they present, the Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water and Environment has engaged consultants RMCG (who are partnering with Rawtec, Optimum Standard, and Carbon Clarity) to identify all organic waste streams in Tasmania, expand knowledge about the volume and nature of those organic waste streams, and identify options and a strategy for future treatment and uses of organic waste.
The research outcomes and strategy will be finalised in late 2021.