WA community invited to have a say on container deposit scheme

28th August 2017

28/08/2017 9:00 AM

Scheme to encourage recycling and reduce littering expected to be delivered in 2019

CDS* 500 jobs expected to be created once scheme commences

  • * Public feedback sought for the next eight weeks

* Stakeholder advisory group to assist with scheme design 

The McGowan Labor Government is progressing its election commitment to establish a container deposit scheme and help divert waste from landfill and create jobs for Western Australians.

Premier Mark McGowan today called on the community to help shape the scheme, which will offer a refund when eligible bottles and cans are returned to designated refund points across the State.

Recycling not only generates positive environmental benefits, it also has economic benefits. With every 10,000 tonnes of waste recycled, 9.2 full-time jobs are created, compared with just 2.8 jobs when the same amount of waste is sent to landfill. 

A container deposit scheme is likely to boost job creation further, with as many as 500 jobs predicted to be created once the scheme is up and running, through its administration, collection points and delivery of recycled goods. 

Releasing a discussion paper on WA's new container deposit scheme, the Premier and Environment Minister Stephen Dawson encouraged the community, government and industry to provide feedback on its design.

Under the scheme, a 10-cent refund will be paid for each eligible, empty beverage container - including 150 millilitre to three litre soft drink bottles and cans, bottled waters, flavoured milks, sports drinks, beer cans and spirit-based mixes.

Beverage containers account for 35 per cent of the volume of all litter in WA.

By contrast, in South Australia - where a scheme has been in place for 40 years - beverage containers account for 17 per cent of the litter stream.

The discussion paper is available at http://www.dwer.wa.gov.au/cds

Comments on the scheme must be submitted by Monday, October 23.

Comments attributed to Premier Mark McGowan:

"I am pleased to get on with the job of delivering a scheme which will create hundreds of jobs at new container sorting and processing facilities and refund points across metropolitan and regional WA.

"Years ago we wanted to introduce a container deposit scheme, however it was opposed by the Liberals and Nationals at the time.  At last WA is getting a container deposit scheme to reduce waste across our State.

"A container deposit scheme will also allow charities and community organisations to raise funds - facilitating their vital community work."

Comments attributed to Environment Minister Stephen Dawson:

"This is a significant environmental policy with the goal of reducing litter and encouraging a recycling culture, to protect our unique wildlife and spectacular scenery across our beautiful State.

"The success of this scheme requires community support and I encourage all of you to take part in the consultation process to contribute to the design and implementation of the scheme.

"With your input, we can make sure this scheme delivers the best possible outcome for all Western Australians."

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