The launch of Western Australia’s container deposit scheme Containers for Change has been deferred due to the unprecedented impact of COVID-19 and its expected disruption to refund points. The decision accords with advice from the scheme co-ordinator, WA Return Recycle Renew Ltd (WARRRL).
The Western Australian government has made changes which are now in effect, to planning and development regulations which provide for the continuation of essential public services in a State of Emergency.
Western Australian not-for-profit organisations, schools and community groups have until Friday, March 27 to apply for a grant of up to $2,000 to help them establish a donation or refund point for beverage containers.
The state government opened up the offering of a total of $200,000 in community grants on February 28. The aim is to support the introduction of Western Australia’s upcoming container deposit scheme, Containers for Change.
The Department of Water and Environmental Regulation is administering the grants and specified that the funding can be used for infrastructure such as bins, cages, skips, security stands, fences, tippers, sorting equipment and trailers.
Priority will be given to applicants providing employment outcomes for people with disability, long-term unemployed people, and under-served remote and regional areas.
More information about the container deposit scheme community grants can be found at http://www.dwer.wa.gov.au/cds
WA environment minister Stephen Dawson said that the financial assistance would help communities, charities and not-for-profit organisations deliver donation or refund points, and assist in filling gaps in the refund point network in regional and remote areas.
“Containers for Change is all about giving people an incentive to recycle their drink containers, so they don’t end up littering our streets, communities and waterways.
“We know from other States where container deposit schemes have been introduced that the 10-cent refund for eligible containers creates great opportunities for the whole community – from jobs, to local fundraising, to environmental benefits,” he said.
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