Container deposit scheme laws have been introduced into the Western Australian Parliament, with the scheme expected to start in early 2020.
The move is a major milestone for the scheme, which is projected to result in 706 million fewer beverage containers littered over the next 20 years.
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It also aims to increase recycling throughout the state and is expected to reduce the number of containers sent to landfill by 5.9 billion.
The scheme is expected to deliver a net positive benefit of around $152 million over the next 20 years and follows the state government’s waste reduction methods, which includes a ban on lightweight single-use plastic bags and a review of the WA waste strategy.
WA Premier Mark McGowan said Western Australians have been supportive of the scheme, with more than 3000 people supporting it during the public consultation period.
“The introduction of this legislation to Parliament marks a major milestone in bringing a container deposit scheme to Western Australia,” he said.
“Not only will we be diverting waste from landfill, this scheme is likely to create as many as 500 jobs as part of the new container sorting and processing facilities, and refund points across the state.”
WA Environment Minister Stephen Dawson said he is confident the container deposit scheme will reduce litter and increase recycling.
“It will also be designed to provide business opportunities for social enterprises and help charities and community organisations raise money to fund vital community work,” Mr Dawson said.
“This scheme will be a win for the environment and a win for the local economy.”