Containers for Change has officially launched in WA

Containers for Change officially launched on Thursday, October 1. Photo: File image.
Containers for Change officially launched on Thursday, October 1. Photo: File image.

Containers for Change, Western Australia's new container deposit scheme, has officially launched.

From Thursday, October 1, WA residents will be able to cash in their eligible drink containers for a 10 cent refund at any of the more than 200 authorised Containers for Change refund points across the state.

WA will have the most accessible container deposit scheme in Australia, with at least 229 refund points to be opened by the end of the scheme's first year.

Almost half the refund points will be in regional areas, including some of the most remote parts of the state.

More than 600 local jobs have been created at Containers for Change refund points, with many of those positions being filled by people with disability or the long-term unemployed.

It is estimated that the scheme will recycle an additional 6.6 billion containers over the next 20 years.

Without the scheme it is estimated that 5.9 billion of these containers would have been landfilled and 706 million would have been littered.

Containers for Change will also provide a new way for community organisations and charities to fundraise, making it easy for Western Australians to give back to their local community.

Further information about Containers for Change, including refund point locations can be found at containersforchange.com.au

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