Hon Stephen Dawson MLC

Hon Stephen Dawson MLC

Minister for Emergency Services; Innovation and the Digital Economy; Medical Research; Volunteering

    Financial help for container deposit scheme participants

    28/07/2020 8:05 AM
    • More than $830,000 awarded to Containers for Change refund point operators and processors
    • Financial support for operators affected by delay to scheme start-up due to COVID-19 

    Refund point operators and processors taking part in the McGowan Government's new container deposit scheme, known as Containers for Change, will receive more than $830,000 in assistance to help them through financial hardship due to COVID-19 delays.


    The Containers for Change launch was postponed due to the impact of COVID-19 and will now commence on October 1, 2020.


    Network participants were expecting income from June 2, 2020, when the scheme was originally set to start. In preparation, participants made financial commitments such as taking on leases and staff to support their operations.


    The assistance package aims to support network participants until the scheme's revised start date. Funding of $831,946 will be provided to 16 applicants and will cover eligible costs associated with leases, loans, utilities and wages between June 2, 2020 and October 1, 2020.


    It is expected more than 500 jobs will be created in the Containers for Change network throughout Western Australia, including jobs for people with disability, the long-term unemployed and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, as well as apprenticeship and trainee opportunities.


    Containers for Change will introduce a 10 cent refund for every eligible container returned to a designated refund point across the State.


    Comments attributed to Environment Minister Stephen Dawson:


    "The financial assistance package will allow network participants to remain viable until the scheme commencement, and will ensure the success and sustainability of the scheme.


    "We want this initiative to hit the ground running, so it's important for operators to be at full strength when the scheme starts so the community can return containers.


    "We are committed to delivering a first-rate container deposit scheme that delivers the best possible outcome for the entire Western Australian community."


    Minister's office - 6552 5800


    Successful applicants
    Tomra Collection Pty Ltd
    Waglass Pty Ltd
    The Scout Association of Australia Western Australian Branch
    Bridging the Gap Inc
    Bunbury-Harvey Regional Council
    Ability Centre Australasia Ltd
    Care for Hedland Environmental Association Inc
    Bottles & Cans WA PTY LTD
    Cash for Containers Rockingham
    Good Samaritan Enterprises
    Wild West Pty Ltd
    Greenbatch Foundation Ltd
    Lions Club of Donnybrook WA
    ReTurn It (WA CDS)
    North West Recycling Pty Ltd
    Recycle for Change Pty Ltd