The Conservation Council of WA (CCWA) has welcomed proposed plans to expand the Container Deposit Scheme to include a number of new drinks containers which are eligible for the 10c redemption.
Under the proposal, seven new types of containers will be accepted at Containers For Change refund points across WA. These will include:
- Grape wine and spirits in glass bottles 150ml to 3L
- Grape wine in plastic containers 250ml – 3L
- Grape wine in sachets 250ml – 3L
- Grape wine in casks 1-3L
- Water in casks 1-3L
- Concentrated fruit and vegetable juice and flavoured milk 1L to 3L
- Cordial 150ml to 3L in all containers
The plans to expand the scheme are now open for public comment, which will close on 1 May 2023.
The discussion paper for the proposed expansion of the Container Deposit Scheme and information on how you can have your say, can be found here: https://www.wa.gov.au/service/building-utilities-and-essential-services/waste-management/container-deposit-scheme
The WA Government estimates that the proposal would see an extra 140 million containers available for refund each year.
Announcing the plans, WA Environment Minister, Reece Whitby, said: "Expanding the scheme would see an extra $14 million in refunds go back into the community, further rewarding those working hard to create change."
CCWA’s Acting Executive Director, Maggie Wood, said: “CCWA has supported the Container Deposit Scheme from the outset and we welcome this opportunity for the community to have its say on expanding this popular initiative and helping keep reusable containers out of landfill.
“West Australians have enthusiastically embraced the idea of dropping off containers for recycling at their local deposit centre and we hope to see further investment from the WA government to make sure the service is able to handle the extra volume.
“Recycling, whether through the Container Deposit Scheme, or through curb side collection services, needs to be better resourced in WA.”
Put your containers to work and help protect WA’s natural environment
The Containers for Change recycling initiative is helping West Australians live in a cleaner environment, reduce pollution and create more local jobs. It’s a win-win for everyone.
Better yet, when you recycle with Containers for Change, you can donate your refund for every 10c container you return to the Conservation Council of WA (CCWA). It’s a great way to support a sustainable future in more ways than one.
You can be assured that every dollar donated to CCWA will be put to effective use in helping to conserve and protect our natural environment across WA.
Find out more, here: https://www.ccwa.org.au/containers-for-change
MEDIA INFORMATION: The Conservation Council of WA (CCWA) is the state’s foremost non-profit, non-government conservation organisation representing more than 100 environmental organisations across Western Australia.
For more information, visit: ccwa.org.au.
CONTACT: For any enquiries relating to this release, please contact Robert Davies
08 9420 7291 / 0412 272 570 or by email, [email protected]