STANLEY ROAD SELECTED AS MAJOR REFUND POINT FOR CONTAINERS FOR CHANGE IN BUNBURY AND THE SOUTH WEST
Stanley Road Regional Waste Management Facility, just a few minutes from Australind has been selected by the state government as major refund point for Containers for Change, Western Australia’s Container Deposit Scheme for Bunbury and the South West.
The McGowan Government has announced the first operators of refund points for Western Australia’s new container deposit scheme that will see millions of bottles and cans diverted from landfill each year.
Launching on June 2, Containers for Change will allow Western Australians to claim a 10-cent refund when they return eligible beverage containers at designated refund points across the State.
Aluminium, glass, plastic, steel and liquid paperboard beverage containers between 150ml and 3L are eligible for a refund when returned to a container Refund Point from the second of June.
To be eligible the beverage container must:
Have contained a beverage product that is not excluded from the scheme. For example, cordials and plain milk are not included in the scheme so containers that have held these products are not eligible for a refund
Display the refund mark. This is so that the Refund Point operator can see if the container is part of the scheme. Most containers will already have a refund mark for SA and NT and these containers are eligible under Containers for Change. Beverage manufacturers have until 1 June 2022 to display the new refund mark on their containers
Be an approved container. Some containers are made from materials that cannot be recycled. These containers may not be approved (by the Western Australia Government) as an eligible container as the scheme requires that when a refund istdav paid on a container, that container must be recycled.
In response to queries regarding early collection of containers, all containers should continue to be recycled through the yellow lid kerbside collection system until scheme commencement.
Containers for Change Refund Point operators will have discretion to reject containers they reasonably believe were supplied prior to scheme commencement. The scheme coordinator WARRRL has the authority to audit contracted scheme participants to ensure no large-scale commercial hoarding occurs prior to scheme commencement.
CEO of Bunbury Harvey Regional Council who operate the Stanley Road Waste Management Facility, Tony Battersby said ‘Stanley Road Waste Management Facility, will house a large operation where participants will be able to drop off their containers over the counter and collect their return or drive in, drop off their marked bags of containers and drive out.’
‘For over-the-counter drop offs we can count your containers almost immediately and may provide refunds in cash or via an electronic funds transfer (EFT) into your bank account. You will also be able to donate your containers to a community group or charity, using a unique Scheme ID which we will provide further details on closer to the launch of Containers for Change.’ Tony said
The addition of Containers for Change at Stanley Road means another item that residents can bring out to the facility and be confident it is being recycled.
Stanley Road Waste Management Facility also houses an innovate new recycling station where 15 different items can be deposited minimising contamination in recycling bins. These items include coffee pods, mobile phones, batteries and x-rays to name a few.
All of these items are highly recyclable, just not in kerbside bins so we hope that while people are out here they to bring their containers to be refunded they will take the opportunity to bring out other items free of charge to be recovered.
Drop-offs like those that will be at Stanley Road are a convenient way to recycle your containers and receive a refund. There will also be other types of Refund Points available in the region including reverse vending machines (RVM’s), mobile and pop-up refund points.
Sixty-five entities have been selected to deliver 145 refund point locations. 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.
Refund points will be established in every region across the State, from the Kimberley to the Great Southern. 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. Refund point locations and operating hours will be available at http://www.containersforchange.com.au in May.
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Full details of the scheme can be found at https://warrrl.com.au/containers-for-change/