A CONTAINER deposit scheme is expected to be delivered in 2019 and create up to 500 jobs.
The State Government wants the public’s view on the matter over an eight-week period.
Premier Mark McGowan and Environment Minister Stephen Dawson released the discussion paper at Canning Vale’s materials recovery facility on Bannister Road on August 28.
The container deposit scheme was an election commitment and will offer a 10c refund when eligible bottles and cans are returned to designated refund points.
The economic benefits of recycling include the generation of 9.2 full-time jobs for every 10,000 tonnes of waste recycled, compared with 2.8 full-time jobs when the same amount is sent to landfill.
The deposit scheme is expected to boost job creation further.
“A container deposit scheme will also allow charities and community organisations to raise funds, facilitating their vital community work,” Mr McGowan said.
Beverage containers account for 35 per cent of the volume of all litter in WA but just 17 per cent in South Australia, where a scheme has been in place for 40 years.
“The success of this scheme requires community support and I encourage all of you to take part in the consultation process to contribute to the design and implementation of the scheme,” Mr Dawson said.
The discussion paper is at www.dwer.wa.gov.au/cds.
Comments must be submitted by October 23.