It’s official – Containers for Change is coming to WA! Here’s when the scheme starts up, what to recycle, and how it supports our community with more than just environmental sustainability.
WA’s own recycling scheme
Last week the State Government announced details about WA’s container deposit scheme. We heard about this exciting new program earlier this year, and we now know that we can begin recycling and claiming refunds from 2nd June 2020.
By then 170 full-time or flexible refund points will be available across WA, with more to follow by the end of 2020. You can start collecting your containers now in preparation for the rollout date. Each eligible container between 150mL to 3L earns a 10c refund. This includes:
- Plastic water bottles
- Pure fruit or vegetable containers
- Soft drink containers in plastic and steel
- Beer, wine, and spirit beverage containers
Not all containers apply, so check out the full list here.
Opportunities for the community
In addition to improving recycling, reducing litter, and protecting our environment, Containers for Change also gives back to the community. It’s designed to support community groups, not-for-profits, and social enterprises like us. These groups can register as donation points where you can collect or donate your refund.
The scheme is set to create 500 new jobs for the unemployed and people with disability. In addition to this it provides opportunities for workers to meet new people, expand their skills, and get involved in the community. This is what we strive to do in our various social enterprises like the Balcatta Recycling Shop, which provides free recycling facilities to the public.
We are excited to support Containers for Change which will have a positive impact on our environment as well as our community.