Plastic, glass cash-back scheme for 2018
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.”