Five new high-speed container refund points running in conjunction with Western Australia’s new Container Deposit Scheme – Containers for Change has been launched by TOMRA Collection Services. The scheme is expected to generate approximately 500 new jobs to Western Australia.
Of the 30 operational and over 150 sub-contracted roles offered by TOMRA directly, the recycling solutions company has announced that at least one position per site, including Osborne Park, Kelmscott, Myaree, Belmont and Joondalup, will be held for Aboriginal employment as part of the company’s trainee partnership with local charity Nudge.
According to TOMRA Collection Solutions, president Ryan Buzzell, “TOMRA worked with Nudge last year to give locals a taste of what a container deposit scheme could bring to the state with a demonstration refund point. After witnessing the positive outcomes of the charity’s work first hand, it seemed only natural to partner with them to help us initiate this new program.”
As part of the traineeship, Nudge will focus on upskilling each worker, enabling them to gain crucial life experience coupled with engaged work-based learning. A range of support methods will be implemented, including one-on-one mentoring, a formal workplace buddy support program, and pastoral care focused on cultural, family and personal matters.
“Last year Western Australians raised $21,118 for Nudge’s charity work through recycling containers at TOMRA’s demo kiosk located at Stocklands in Bull Creek. Now, we are proud to announce that with the new Container Deposit Scheme, Western Australians will again have the opportunity to donate to struggling local charities, organisations and community groups,” Buzzell.
All five TOMRA Recycling Centres will each feature a local charity on the 11-12 recycling machines. In addition, for the next 6 months, recyclers can also participate in the national fundraising campaign Bottles Can Change Lives to help 3 of Australia’s most respected charities: Beyond Blue, The Salvation Army and Oz Harvest during these tough COVID-19 times.
Alternatively, recyclers can opt to receive a retail cash voucher of 10 cents per container that is processed through TOMRA’s recycling machines. All vouchers can be redeemed for cash or used as a discount off their shopping at a participating supermarket retailer.