City of Canning residents, community groups and charities will soon be given a chance to exchange eligible drink containers for cash under a new state-wide initiative to reduce litter, improve recycling efforts and help create local jobs.
Containers for Change launches 1 October and is a new container deposit scheme that will give all Western Australians a chance to exchange eligible empty drink containers for 10 cents each.
Local sports clubs, school P&Cs and other non-for-profit groups in Canning will also be able to fundraise through Containers for Change, with the initiative offering an easy and rewarding way to raise much-needed funds.
Mayor Patrick Hall said the 10-cent refund for each eligible drink container will have a positive footprint on the environment and he hopes to see Canning lead the charge in improving recycling rates and reducing litter.
“I strongly encourage Canning residents and local organisations to take advantage of this wonderful initiative and help create a cleaner Canning while earning some spare change on the side. Every container counts – in more ways than one.”
“Simply exchanging 45 eligible drink containers will pay for your morning coffee. It sounds like a lot to round up, but given we use more than 1.3 billion eligible drink containers each year in just WA alone, it’s actually very achievable for an individual or community group.”
The scheme targets drink containers most commonly seen as litter. Beverage containers account for 44% of WA litter (by volume) despite being made from easily recyclable materials such as glass, plastic, aluminium and cardboard.
As part of the Scheme, most aluminium, glass, plastic, steel and liquid paperboard drink containers between 150ml and 3L are eligible for a refund. Generally, ineligible containers are those that are less than 150ml and greater than 3L.
For more details on eligibility criteria and to find out more about Containers for Change, visit www.containersforchange.com.au
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Sporting clubs, schools, community groups and not-for-profits keen to become a donation point can call 13 4CHANGE (13 42 42) or visit the Containers for Change website and follow the simple steps to get involved.