New container exchange points to save containers from landfill

25 July 2022
A community recycling initiative is popping up in parks and public spaces around the City of Canning, allowing members of the public to recycle 10c containers otherwise destined for landfill.
 
Containers for Change has partnered with metropolitan local governments to trial Container Exchange points on public waste bins throughout Perth, including several in the City of Canning.
 
The points are attached to public bins and hold between six and 100 drink containers. Containers placed in the Container Exchange points are then available for anyone to collect and return to a Containers for Change refund point.
 
Seven Container Exchange points are now available at the below locations throughout the City:
  • Wharf Street Basin, Cannington
  • Cecil Avenue, Cannington (opposite Carousel)
  • Queens Park Reserve, Queens Park
  • Kent Street Weir Park, Wilson
  • Lo Quay River Café, Wilson
  • Riverton Bridge Park, Shelley
  • Shelley Foreshore, Shelley
 
With 51 per cent of Perth residents admitting to throwing recyclable containers in landfill bins while out and about, Containers for Change CEO Tim Cusack said the trial has already showed promise in areas across Perth.
 
"The Container Exchange points are easy to install, require limited maintenance from local governments and allow members of the community to do the right thing by keeping their 10c containers out of landfill," he said.
 
"The grassroots nature of this initiative puts responsibility on the community to collect and recycle the containers – and we are finding people are grasping this responsibility with both hands."
 
City of Canning Mayor Patrick Hall said the trial provided the opportunity for Canning residents to pay it forward to others who might benefit from the scheme, while rescuing items from landfill.
 
"The City has been a supporter of Containers for Change since its inception, and we are excited to offer further opportunities for residents and visitors to make some extra cash while keeping our open spaces free of litter,” said Mayor Hall.
 
“It is fantastic to see so many residents already getting on board with this worthwhile program. If you haven’t yet, I encourage you to use the exchange points while out and about.”

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