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Opportunity for Social Enterprises to participate in WA Container Deposit Scheme

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The Western Australian Government is introducing a state-wide container deposit scheme which is expected to start in 2020.

Consumers will be able to get a 10 cent refund on all eligible beverage containers – plastic and glass bottles, paper-board cartons, and steel and aluminium cans between 150 millilitres and three litres. Examples of beverage containers include:

  • Soft drink cans and bottles;
  • Bottled waters – both plastic and glass;
  • Small flavoured milk drinks;
  • Beer and cider cans and bottles; and
  • Sports drinks and spirit-based mixed drinks.

Beverage containers included in the scheme will carry a refund mark to identify them to consumers.

Recycling not only generates positive environmental benefits, it also has economic benefits. With every 10,000 tonnes of waste recycled, 9.2 full-time jobs are created, compared with just 2.8 jobs when the same amount of waste is sent to landfill. 

A container deposit scheme is likely to boost job creation further, with as many as 500 jobs predicted to be created once the scheme is up and running, through its administration, collection points and delivery of recycled goods.

Save the Date - Container Deposit Scheme Social Enterprise Workshop

Join us for an informative workshop that will provide an introduction to the Container Deposit Scheme (CDS), discuss opportunities presented by the CDS for social enterprises in WA, how social enterprises have been involved in similar schemes interstate and practical considerations for participation by social enterprises.

Key milestones in the implementation of the scheme, key dates for involvement/engagement to take advantage of opportunities and key contacts and sources of information will also be outlined.

Event details

When: 1.00pm - 4.30pm, Friday 24 August 2018

Where: Formal Dining Room, UWA Club, Hackett Drive, Crawley

Cost: Free

Register for the workshop here.

Contact information
Jackie Breasley, Sector Training Coordinator, 08 9208 9831,