WA’s Container Deposit Scheme

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By David Templeman

10 July 2020

In the lead up to the 2017 Election, WA Labor made a major commitment to introduce a container deposit scheme in Western Australia. Since being elected, we have been working hard to deliver on this important commitment.


In 2017, the McGowan Government launched a public consultation period to help shape the development of the scheme. During this period, 97% of survey respondents supported the scheme.


Since this time, we have been working to develop the scheme and roll it out in WA. Under the scheme, known as Containers for Change, WA consumers will receive a 10 cent refund when they return eligible empty beverage containers to refund points.


Containers for Change will be launched on 1 October 2020. I am very pleased that in my electorate of Mandurah, Meadow Springs Primary School will become a donation point and Good Sammy Enterprises will operate as a refund point. 


Containers for Change will encourage recycling and reduce waste across our State. The implementation of the scheme represents a win for the environment and the local economy through job creation. It will also be a great opportunity for local community groups, not-for-profits and schools to get involved, and start fundraising and recycling.


The need for a container deposit scheme has been a major issue in Mandurah and across WA for many years. The introduction of Containers for Change reflects the McGowan Government’s commitment to reducing waste and increasing recycling across the State.  


You can find more information and updates on the department’s container deposit scheme page