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Western Australia Minister for Environment Stephen Dawson

Financial Help For Container Deposit Scheme Participants

Victor P Taffa

  • More than $830,000 awarded to Containers for Change refund point operators and processors
  • Financial support for operators affected by delay to scheme start-up due to COVID-19

Refund point operators and processors taking part in the McGowan Government’s new container deposit scheme, known as Containers for Change, will receive more than $830,000 in assistance to help them through financial hardship due to COVID-19 delays.

“Financial assistance package will allow network participants to remain viable until the scheme commencement, and will ensure the success and sustainability of the scheme.” Minister for Environment Stephen Dawson said.

“We want this initiative to hit the ground running, so it’s important for operators to be at full strength when the scheme starts so the community can return containers.”

Containers for Change launch was postponed due to the impact of COVID-19 and will now commence on 1 October, 2020.

Network participants were expecting income from 2 June, 2020, when the scheme was originally set to start. In preparation, participants made financial commitments such as taking on leases and staff to support their operations.

Assistance package aims to support network participants until the scheme’s revised start date. Funding of $831,946 will be provided to 17 applicants and will cover eligible costs associated with leases, loans, utilities and wages between 2 June, 2020 and 1 October, 2020.

It is expected more than 500 jobs will be created in the Containers for Change network throughout Western Australia, including jobs for people with disability, the long-term unemployed and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, as well as apprenticeship and trainee opportunities.

Containers for Change will introduce a 10 cent refund for every eligible container returned to a designated refund point across the State.

Successful Applicants
Sense & Tenability Pty Ltd as Trustee for Recycling Hub Unit Trust
Tomra Collection Pty Ltd
Waglass Pty Ltd
The Scout Association of Australia Western Australian Branch
Bridging the Gap Inc
Bunbury-Harvey Regional Council
Ability Centre Australasia Ltd
Care for Hedland Environmental Association Inc
Bottles & Cans WA PTY LTD
Cash for Containers Rockingham
Good Samaritan Enterprises
Wild West Pty Ltd
Greenbatch Foundation Ltd
Lions Club of Donnybrook WA
ReTurn It (WA CDS)
North West Recycling Pty Ltd
Recycle for Change Pty Ltd
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