The first operators of container deposit scheme refund points for Western Australia have been announced.
On January 16, the government of Western Australia announced that 65 entities have been selected to deliver 145 refund point locations.
Launching on June 2, Containers for Change will see millions of bottles and cans diverted from landfill each year.
Premier Mark McGowan said Western Australians had been calling for this type of recycling scheme for a long time.
“[The] announcement is just the starting point for the Containers for Change network, which will grow significantly in coming months and years,” McGowan said.
Western Australians will be able to claim a 10-cent refund when they return eligible beverage containers at designated refund points across the state.
Refund points will be established in every region across the state, from the Kimberley to the Great Southern. About 40 per cent of refund points will be operated by social enterprises including charities, disability sector organisations, Aboriginal corporations, and sporting and community groups.
The number of refund points across the state is expected to grow to at least 172 by June, and to 229 by the end of the scheme’s first year.
It is estimated more than 500 jobs will be created through refund points, including hundreds of jobs to be targeted at employing people living with disability, the long-term unemployed and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, as well as opportunities for apprentices and trainees.
Western Australia’s Environment Minister Stephen Dawson said there are more than 1.3 billion eligible beverage containers used in Western Australia each year, and they make up 44 per cent of litter in our parks, streets and waterways.
The government has introduced Containers for Change to help reduce litter, improve recycling rates, create new businesses and employment opportunities across the state, and provide a new way for community organisations and charities to raise money,” Dawson said.