Almost time to cash in on WA’s container deposit scheme as refund points set for Great Southern

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Environment Minister Stephen Dawson with Mark McGowan.
Camera IconEnvironment Minister Stephen Dawson with Mark McGowan. Credit: Ian Munro/The West Australian

Change is coming to recycling across WA next month, when the State’s container deposit scheme finally opens for business.

The Great Southern is gearing up to take part when it starts on October 1, with seven refund points to be launched from Bremer Bay to Katanning.

The Containers for Change program will allow the public to “cash in” eligible drink containers for 10 cents each, at 200 refund points across the State.

The scheme aims to reduce landfill and give back to the community with recyclers given the option to donate their containers to a charity or community group of their choice.

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Refunds can be made in cash or through a direct bank deposit for people signed up for a scheme ID card.

Containers eligible for the refund include most aluminium, glass, plastic, steel and liquid paperboard beverage containers between 150ml and 3L, according to the Containers for Change website.

Ineligible containers are those less than 150ml or greater than 3L, plain milk containers or glass alcohol bottles.

The Katanning Environmental Container Cash In facility will be located on 523 Dore Street and will offer refund services on Friday 12pm to 4pm and Saturday 9am to 3pm from October 2.

Cash refunds will be restricted to $50 per transaction.

The Gnowangerup Heritage Recycle Depot on Alymore Street will operate from 10am to 3pm on Saturdays and 10am to 1pm on Sundays.

The Bremer Bay refund point will be finalised after the scheme is launched.

Environment Minister Stephen Dawson said the scheme would be the most accessible in Australia.

For details, visit containersforchange.com.au/wa.

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