- Public interest high for opportunity to cash in cans and bottles
- Preparation for container deposit scheme to begin in 2019
Western Australians have backed the McGowan Labor Government's new container deposit scheme with more than 3,000 people across the State responding to its recent public consultation.
Environment Minister Stephen Dawson revealed that 97 per cent of survey respondents supported the scheme citing protecting the environment and reducing litter as the most important benefits - followed by an increase in recycling.
The feedback will help shape the scheme which will offer people a 10 cent refund when they return eligible bottles and cans to refund points across the State.
Comments from the beverage and retail industries highlighted the importance of having time to plan for and implement the changes, and recommended that the scheme commence outside of the December and January peak retail season.
Responding to feedback from industry, the Government has determined that the scheme will begin in mid-2019.
As well as diverting waste from landfill, the scheme is likely to boost employment with as many as 500 jobs created at new container sorting and processing facilities, and refund points across metropolitan and regional Western Australia.
WA's container deposit scheme is just part of the Government's strong commitment to waste reduction - which includes a ban on lightweight single-use plastic bags and a review of the State's waste strategy.
Comments attributed to Environment Minister Stephen Dawson:
"I want to thank the Western Australian public for its enthusiasm and commitment to the new container deposit scheme.
"The ideas and comments received will contribute to the overall planning for the scheme here in Western Australia. The Government is now working closely with industry which has experience with the design and implementation of similar container deposit schemes in New South Wales and Queensland.
"Retailers and beverage suppliers are major stakeholders in the scheme and it is important that the scheme is designed to minimise impacts to these industries.
"We have listened to feedback from industry, who asked for a slightly later start date. This will ensure that all stakeholders - including the community - get the best possible scheme for Western Australia."
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