Plastic container rebate scheme will benefit community group says Carine MLA

Plastic container rebate scheme will benefit community group says Carine MLA

CARINE MLA Tony Krsticevic said a State Government plastic container rebate scheme will benefit community groups.

The State Government recently announced a drink container deposit scheme would be introduced in mid-2018 to improve WA recycling rates.

The scheme will allow consumers to get a 10c refund on all eligible glass and aluminium containers between 150ml and three litres, including soft drink cans, small water bottles, small flavoured milk containers, sports drinks bottles and spirit-based mixer cans.

Mr Krsticevic said it would boost community efforts to help keep parks, road verges, waterways and towns clean.

“By way of comparison, drink containers make up 13.2 percent of our litter in Western Australia, compared with only 2.2 percent in South Australia,” Mr Krsticevic said.

“Many community groups, charities and sporting clubs will be able to benefit financially from the scheme by collecting discarded containers and cashing them in.”

The refund will be available from reverse vending machines at parks, beaches and other public spaces and collection depots across the state.

Depending on the rate of establishment of collection centres, the State Government may support some capital funding of collection infrastructure.