Recycle plan in the can as Albany refund points gear up for WA container deposit scheme launch

Sarah MakseAlbany Advertiser
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 in the Containers for Change program from October 1, with seven refund points from Bremer Bay to Katanning.

Albany will be home to three refund points which will allow the public to “cash in” eligible drink containers for 10¢ each, joining 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 container cash to a charity or community group of their choice.

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.

Containers For Cash Spencer Park will operate a depot refund point every day from 7am-7pm at 1-2 Hardie Road providing on the spot refunds.

Bag drop refund points are contactless and will transport the drink containers off-site to be counted before a refund is given through the customer’s scheme ID.

Container Recycling Albany will operate on 93 Stead Road in Centennial Park, providing a bag-drop point seven days a week during opening hours.

A 24/7 bag drop will operate at the Containers for Cash facility at IGA Albany.

The Shire of Denmark will offer a bag-drop service at 46 East River Road on Wednesdays and Saturdays between noon and 4pm.

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

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