WA community invited to have a say on container deposit scheme

The Western Australian Government is introducing a statewide container deposit scheme.

Consumers will be able to get a 10 cent refund on all eligible beverage containers – plastic and glass bottles, paper-board cartons, and steel and aluminium cans between 150 millilitres and three litres. Examples of eligible beverage containers include:

  • soft drink cans and bottles;
  • bottled waters – both plastic and glass;
  • small flavoured milk drinks;
  • beer and cider cans and bottles; and
  • sports drinks and spirit-based mixed drinks.

Beverage containers included in the scheme will carry a refund mark to identify them to consumers.

Western Australia’s container deposit scheme is expected to start on 1 January 2019.

The scheme will reduce litter, increase recycling and protect the environment. It will complement the Litter Prevention Strategy for Western Australia 2015-20 and the Western Australian Waste Strategy: Creating the Right Environment.

The scheme also provides opportunities for charitable and community groups to raise funds.

The scheme is intended to operate with kerbside recycling and other existing waste services. Communities without kerbside recycling services will be able to participate in recycling activities. The refund will encourage people to collect and recycle drink containers consumed away from home.

Have your say

The Department of Water and Environmental Regulation has released the Western Australian Container Deposit Scheme Discussion Paper for comment until 23 October 2017 and is seeking input on its design.

There are two ways to provide your feedback: via an anonymous online survey (on consumer preferences) and/or a detailed written submission to the Department. Written submissions must be received by 5pm (WST) on 23 October 2017. No late submissions will be considered.

Submissions can be lodged by email (preferred) to [email protected] or hard copies can be mailed to:

Container Deposit Scheme
Department of Water and Environmental Regulation
Locked Bag 33

For more information, please email your request to [email protected].

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