Bot­tler of an idea

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What do you think about a 10c re­fund for drink con­tain­ers?

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 full­time 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.

Premier Mark McGowan and En­vi­ron­ment Min­is­ter Stephen Daw­son.

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