Plas­tic, glass cash-back scheme for 2018

Pilbara News - - News - Dy­lan Ca­porn

West Aus­tralians will be able to claim 10 cents back for plas­tic and glass con­tain­ers from mid-2018 as part of a de­posit scheme an­nounced by the State Gov­ern­ment last week.

Wa­ter bot­tles, beer cans and bot­tles, soft drink cans and small milk car­tons will be el­i­gi­ble to be de­posited un­der the scheme, which is sim­i­lar to those in South Aus­tralia and the North­ern Ter­ri­tory.

Premier Colin Bar­nett said the drink con­tain­ers were some of the most com­mon lit­tered items.

“With a 10 cent re­fund avail­able, there is a greater in­cen­tive to re­cy­cle as every­one can ben­e­fit from do­ing the right thing,” he said.

The scheme will op­er­ate out of re­verse vend­ing ma­chines, with En­vi­ron­ment Min­is­ter Al­bert Ja­cob flag­ging de­posits could be made through PayPass tech­nol­ogy.

“It will ben­e­fit char­i­ties, sport­ing groups and com­mu­nity groups by al­low­ing them to profit by par­tic­i­pat­ing in large-scale re­cy­cling ac­tiv­i­ties,” he said.

“It’s a win for the en­vi­ron­ment, jobs, the com­mu­nity and the re­cy­cling in­dus­try.

“I have been per­suaded by the suc­cess of schemes in other States and Ter­ri­to­ries.

South Aus­tralia records higher re­cy­cling rates than any other State and sig­nif­i­cantly less bev­er­age con­tainer lit­ter, and WA has the high­est per­cent­age of drinks con­tain­ers in our lit­ter.

“I be­lieve a scheme will make a big dif­fer­ence in this State.”

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