Families will be able to drop off containers for change at a recycling depot in the heart of Karratha from later this year. The container exchange centre will be built on Crane Circle near the city centre after the City of Karratha passed an amended motion that found the site was consistent with zoning regulations. The amended motion was passed 8-1 and increased the time limit of the site from five years to 10. The reason for the amendment was to increase the time-limited period to provide the applicant certainty to move forward with the development. The facility would primarily be a self-service arrangement whereby customers would enter the premises, self-sort beverage containers and place them in the respective bins in exchange for payment. The not-for-profit Western Australia Return Recycle Renew was established to set up the scheme, with North West Recycling awarded the five-year contract to manage refund points in Karratha, Wickham, Pannawonica and Onslow. All materials collected at the site would be transferred to Cleanaway’s location on the Karratha-Tom Price Road as the contractor for overall logistics and processing of containers for the Pilbara Region. North West Recycling founder Jake Swaffer said the location was picked after meetings with WARRL. “We identified this site as being a central location that is easily accessible by a whole range of the community — young, old, employed and unemployed — so it fits everyone’s needs in a convenient location,” he said. Mr Swaffer said the Crane Circle site would be a domestic collection point rather than bulk collection. “This will be where members of the community bring their eligible containers and exchange for a 10¢ redeemable fund,” he said. Mr Swaffer said it was important that the council amended the time limit on the site. “We’ve put a lot of money ourselves into this, and its a locally owned small business, so it is very important to get it from five years to 10 years,” he said. A City of Karratha Spokesperson said council approved their development application, subject to a number of conditions that aim to mitigate potential impacts on surrounding premises. The recycling hub was expected to trade from 9 am to 5 pm Monday to Saturday and be closed Sundays.