Cash in your containers for the community

Cash in your containers for the community

CASH for cans is the perfect way for community groups and clubs to boost their fundraising efforts when the program is introduced next year.

Baldivis MLA Reece Whitby urged local community groups to cash in with cans and other drink containers.

“This is a fantastic opportunity for all our school P&Cs, footy clubs or scout groups to get involved and use empty drink containers for fundraising,” he said.

Mr Whitby introduced the laws into State Parliament.

“With the legislation expected to become law in early 2020, now is the time for community groups to start thinking about getting involved,” he said.

“The Container Deposit Scheme will be a great win for the environment, dramatically reducing the amount of litter in our community and increasing recycling.

“West Australians discard about 1.3 billion drink containers a year and this accounts for 44 per cent of all our litter by volume.

“The good news for schools, sporting clubs and community groups is that the 10-cent refund on eligible drink containers also represents a fantastic fundraising opportunity.

“I have written to community groups across the Baldivis electorate urging them to start thinking about how they can be involved so they are well placed to start fundraising when the laws take effect next year.

“Community groups that collect these drink containers will be able to take them to refund points themselves to claim the refund and raise hundreds or perhaps thousands of dollars a year.

“I believe many consumers will prefer to forego the refund for the convenience of dropping off their containers at their local sports club or school in the knowledge they are also supporting a worthy community group.

“I will keep our community updated on the progress as details and regulations are worked out.”