Have say on recycling scheme

Taylar AmoniniNorth West Telegraph

West Australians will once again be able to exchange cash for cans under the State Government’s proposed container deposit scheme.

With $1.68 million allocated over three years towards the scheme in the State Budget announcement recently, Environment Minister Stephen Dawson said he wanted to ensure WA’s cash-for-containers scheme was consistent with similar measures around the country when it was introduced.

Under plans that went out for public consultation last month, the Government proposes to start a deposit scheme from 2019 in a bid to lift the State’s low recycling rates.

Mr Dawson said while there was no weekly recycling program in many Pilbara towns, the proposed scheme would have wide-ranging benefits across the region.

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“Whenever I travel through regional WA, including in and around South and Port Hedland and Newman, I do see rubbish on the outskirts of these major towns,” he said.

“This is exactly why the McGowan Government is so keen to canvass the views of the regional community as we work towards scheme implementation.”

Mr Dawson said the scheme would mean a diversion of waste from landfill, as well as encouraging residents to embrace a recycling culture. While details such as whether the container deposit scheme would rely on reverse vending machines or depots has yet to be worked out, Mr Dawson said some aspects had been settled.

“Anyone returning an empty eligible beverage container with a refund mark to a refund point will receive a 10¢ refund,” he said.

“The scheme will operate Statewide.”

To ensure a fair and well-rounded scheme to be implemented, Mr Dawson encourages all members of the community in regional WA to provide input into the design and operation of a container deposit scheme.

Community members can do this by taking an online survey at dwer.wa.gov.au/cds or providing a detailed written submission to the Department of Water and Environmental Regulation.

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