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Container Deposit Scheme at Events

WALGA has received funding from the State Government to implement the Container Deposit Scheme (CDS) at a series of events around Western Australia during 2019/20.

The objectives are:

  • To provide information on, and promote, the CDS
  • To gather data on best practice methodology for promoting container redemption at public events
  • To provide opportunities for Local Government and local communities to see the benefits of the CDS.

Click here for more information on WALGA's involvement with the CDS.

Upcoming Events in 2019

City of Greater Geraldton – Thursday, 12 December – Christmas on the Terrace

City of Swan – Saturday, 14 December – Ellenbrook Christmas Pageant

Shire of Denmark - Saturday, 4 January 2020 - Denmark Arts Market

City of Perth - Sunday, 26 January 2020 - Skyworks 2020

Event details are subject to change. Please check the Local Government websites and social media pages closer to the date of the event.

Past Events in 2018/2019

City of Wanneroo – Wanneroo Show

With the support of the fantastic team at the Wanneroo Show, City of Wanneroo, Mindarie Regional Council and the Best Recycler of the Day (pictured), WALGA held the inaugural 'Cash for Cans' stall at the Wanneroo Show in 2018.

City of Wanneroo – Wanneroo Show

City of Albany – Middleton Beach Festival

The City of Albany loves to recycle. Residents brought back over 12,000 containers to the Middleton Beach Festival. Our first customers brought in 116 containers and it didn’t slow down from there! 

 City of Albany – Middleton Beach Festival

Shire of Denmark – Australia Day Breakfast

The Shire of Denmark put on an amazing Australia Day Breakfast and the kids cashed in, with nearly 3000 containers being returned! Cr Ceinwen Gearon, Shire President, and two proud Denmark residents with their earnings (pictured). 

 Shire of Denmark – Australia Day Breakfast

City of Fremantle – One Day in Fremantle

The City of Fremantle once again put on a fantastic event. One Day in Fremantle, in keeping with it being a low waste event not too may beverage containers were collected but there was still a great effort from the kids (and adults) who collected 446 containers over the course of the afternoon. 

City of Fremantle – One Day in Fremantle

Shire of Gnowangerup – Summer Fair

Apart from all the other attractions at the Gnowangerup Summer Fair, residents took up the opportunity to receive a 10c refund for eligible containers through the WALGA Cash for Cans stall. WALGA collected 1,800 containers in just 2 hours - the Gnowangerup community is ready for the Container Deposit Scheme!

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Shire of Wagin – Wagin Woolorama

The best recycler of the day, Cr Jack West with 200 containers!

Cr Jack West at the Wagin Woolorama

City of Rockingham – International Food Festival

One family really got into spirit of waste avoidance by carrying their haul of cans and bottles to the event in reusable plastic buckets.

City of Rockingham - International Food Festival

City of Mandurah – Mandurah Crab Festival

Like father, like son, Deegan’s dad who works for Cleanaway, guided him in the ways of recycling at the Mandurah Crab Festival.

City of Mandurah - Mandurah Crab Festival

Shire of Mundaring – Blue Sky Festival

The WALGA Waste Team headed for the hills and threw up a tent at the Shire of Mundaring’s Blue Sky Festival where they met two avid recyclers, who had organised their own litter pick up and went the extra mile by cycling to the event with their containers.

Shire of Mundaring - Blue Sky Festival

City of Subiaco – Subiaco Street Party

The WALGA Waste Team forayed into the western suburbs and brought CDS to the annual Subiaco Street Party. In addition to the plethora of food, drinks, arts and entertainment, attendees were able to interact with the CDS. Tim from UpBeat Events (pictured) kindly donated his CDS refund to the Dogs' Refuge Home of WA.

City of Subiaco – Subiaco Street Party

City of Bunbury – Bunbury Show

There was a hub of excitement around the CDS tent at the Bunbury Show where residents proved that recycling was for all ages.

City of Bunbury – Bunbury Show

City of Kwinana – Living Greener

A memorable trio of trailblazers took on the challenge of cleaning up litter from their local bushland environment.

City of Kwinana - Living Greener

Shire of Toodyay – Toodyay Farmers Market

The top recycler of the day at the Toodyay Farmers Market was Tilda, a young local who helped the Team collect 2,159 containers.

Shire of Toodyay - Toodyay Farmers Market

Shire of Broome – Reconciliation Week Festival

While sharing in the celebration of the Shire’s unique cultural heritage, the WALGA Waste Team were also busy meeting some of the locals who had made collecting CDS eligible containers a family event. After learning all about recycling right in school, one young champion collector was happy to be trading in his stash for cash.

Broome CDS Event

Town of Port Hedland – Spinifex Spree Carnival

The Town Oval was buzzing with live music, local artists, carnival rides as well as a swathe of food trucks and market stalls. Minister Stephen Dawson was among the Hedlanders who were champing at the bit to get their 10 cent refund.

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Town of Bassendean – Old Perth Road Markets

Many of the locals arrived with bags and boxes teeming with containers. Minister Dave Kelly was present to cheer on the community and behold their superb efforts.

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Shire of Beverley – Beverley Agricultural Show

Shire of Capel – Boyanup Farmers Market

Shire of Three Springs – Three Springs 360

City of Canning – Muddy Hands Festival

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City of Armadale – Kelmscott Agricultural Show


City of Melville – Kidchella 2.0

Shire of Pingelly – Community Market Day

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City of Wanneroo - Wanneroo Agricultural Society Show


Town of East Fremantle - East Fremantle Festival on George Street