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Container Deposit Scheme

Published: Tuesday, 9 July 2019 at 5:14:07 PM

Containers for Change

WA Return Recycle Renew Ltd has been appointed WA’s Scheme Coordinator and will launch Containers for Change in June 2020 to help increase recycling rates and reduce litter.

Containers for Change, run by not-for-profit WA Return Recycle Renew Ltd, is the branding that will be used for the Container Deposit Scheme.

From 2 June 2020, Western Australians will be able to return and recycle their eligible containers at any Containers for Change refund point and will receive a 10 cents refund per container.

The Scheme Coordinator has indicated that an array of refund points will be available - from over-the-counter depots providing on-the-spot refunds, to 'Bag Drops' that provide the convenience of a 'drop and go' facility with refunds deposited into customers' nominated bank accounts once their containers are counted. Mobile refund points and reverse vending machines will also be in operation.

More than 170 full-time or flexible refund points will be open for business on 2 June next year, with 229 refund points to open by the end of the Scheme’s first year. Potential operators will need to participate in the Scheme Coordinator’s open market application process.

More information on WA’s Container Deposit Scheme, as well as a comprehensive list of eligible and excluded beverage containers, is available from the Department of Water and Environmental Regulation website.

To find out more about how you can be involved in WA’s Container Deposit Scheme, Containers for Change, visit the WA Return Recycle Renew Ltd website.

Online Register

A register of interest has been developed for organisations who want to participate in the Containers for Change, WA's Container Deposit Scheme, collection network.

The register can be used by Local Governments, community groups and any other organisations to connect and create partnerships within the collection network including donation points, refund points, transport and processing facilities.

To share the services you are offering or seeking, register your organisation’s interest via the Department of Water and Environmental Regulation online register.

The State Government has established the CDS Advisory Group and specific Working Groups to assist in the development of the Scheme. To facilitate Local Government input into the Scheme, WALGA has established a Container Deposit Scheme Policy Forum. The membership of the Policy Forum includes Local Government Officers and Elected Members from across the State.

As Local Government has been an ongoing advocate for a Container Deposit Scheme, WALGA is committed to ensuring Local Government is fully informed regarding the Scheme and has opportunities to participate.

WALGA has put together specific information for Local Governments on the Scheme here.

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