Refund point operators have been announced for Western Australia’s new container deposit scheme, ahead of its 2 June launch.
According to Premier Mark McGowan, sixty-five entities have been selected to deliver 145 refund points.
“WA’s first container deposit scheme, Containers for Change, is taking shape, and it’s pleasing to see so many organisations from all sectors of the community getting on board,” Mr McGowan said.
“Around 40 per cent of refund points will be operated by social enterprises, including charities, disability sector organisations, Aboriginal corporations and sporting and community groups.”
Mr McGowan said refund points will be established in every region across the state, from the Kimberley to the Great Southern.
“Today’s announcement is just the starting point for the Containers for Change network, which will grow significantly in coming months and years,” he said.
“The number of refund points across the state will grow to at least 172 by June, and to 229 by the end of the scheme’s first year.”
Logistics and processing applicants have also been selected, with state-of-the-art compacting trucks and on-site compacting to be used for the first time in an Australian container deposit scheme.
“This will mean less heavy vehicle movements on Western Australian roads – the equivalent of one truck instead of five,” Mr McGowan said.