Paul’s call to cash in on containers

Michael TraillAlbany Advertiser
Paul Lionetti's Spencer Park IGA will be a collection point for cash for cans..
Camera IconPaul Lionetti's Spencer Park IGA will be a collection point for cash for cans.. Credit: Laurie Benson/Albany Advertiser

Paul Lionetti is urging Albany community groups to cash in on the million-dollar windfall that could be generated through the State Government’s container deposit scheme.

An estimated 20 million returnable containers are used in Albany and its surrounds each year.

At 10¢ each, those containers would generate $2 million if they were all deposited into the Containers for Change scheme.

Mr Lionetti said his Spencer Park IGA would be one of Albany’s refund points.

It will be open and accepting containers from 7am to 7pm, seven days a week when the scheme launches in WA on June 2.

The Albany businessman expects about half of the containers deposited in Albany to come from underprivileged families who need the money.

He said he hoped community members who were in a better financial position would use the scheme to rally around local groups.

“It is a huge opportunity for Albany,” he said.

“I’m encouraging all P&Fs, P&Cs, schools, charities and sporting clubs — this is a huge opportunity to raise funds.

“All they need to do is contact me and we can organise a meeting.”

Wool bags will be handed out to various organisations with their names on them. These can then be used to collect containers for fundraising.

“For example, Spencer Park Primary School, they can have a container drive the first week of every month,” Mr Lionetti said.

“We’ll give them big wool bags, the kids or parents donate them, we’ll take them away, count them, and they’ll get the money straight away in their bank account.

“Businesses like Due South or any others that collect cans, we’ll count them and they can take the money or donate it to the charity of their choice.”

Mr Lionetti said there was a lot of money up for grabs through the scheme, but it would be up to the community to cash in.

“There’s a lot of money coming into town that can go back into the community,” he said.

“But it’s a case of what are we going to do about it.

“The community has to put the effort in. If they get up off their bum, there are a lot of dollars waiting for them out there.”

Visit containersforchange.com.au/wa.

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