Return And Earn Bill Passes Through Western Australia’s Parliament

Return And Earn Bill Passes Through Western Australia’s Parliament

Western Australia Minister for Environment Stephen Dawson

Bill Passed To Allow Refunds For Empty Bottles And Cans

Victor P Taffa

  • Bill to allow Western Australia’s container deposit scheme passes both houses of Parliament
  • McGowan Government on track to deliver scheme next year

Western Australia’s container deposit scheme is one step closer after the Waste Avoidance and Resource Recovery Bill (Container Deposit) 2018 was passed by the Legislative Council today.

“Protecting Western Australia’s unique natural environment, reducing waste and encouraging recycling in the community are priorities of this Government.” Minister for Environment Stephen Dawson said.

“Not only will our container deposit scheme divert waste from landfill, it is expected to create some 500 jobs at new container sorting and processing facilities and refund points, and the transportation of containers across the State.”

New legislation is a significant milestone towards delivering the McGowan Government’s election commitment of a container deposit scheme by 2020.

Under the new scheme, Western Australian consumers will receive a 10-cent refund when they return eligible empty beverage containers to refund points throughout the State.

Projections show the container deposit scheme will result in 706 Million fewer beverage containers littered by 2037 and reduce the number of containers disposed of to landfill by 5,902 Million.

Next major step following establishment of applicable relevant regulations will be the announcement of the scheme co-ordinator who will be responsible for developing the State-wide collection network and managing contracts with operators of refund points.