Newman’s Containers for Change program celebrated a one year milestone at the start of the month with more than 1.8 million containers refunded and $180,000 put back into the East Pilbara community. The average number of containers per week was roughly 40,000 and 45 per cent of those were aluminium cans. Shire of East Pilbara president Anthony Middleton said the program was a great result for the community. “The community has fully embraced the program and not only is it helping the environment, it’s putting money back in people’s pockets,” he said. “By diverting landfill, we are reducing the negative impact waste puts on the long term health of the environment. “I challenge our community members to keep up the good work and maybe we can reach the two million container milestone by the end of the year.” A total of 765 million containers were returned through the Containers for Change program across Western Australia.