Containers for Change coming to Denmark

Published on Thursday, 3 September 2020 at 1:11:11 PM

Denmark residents, community groups, charities and clubs will be able to swap their beverage containers for cash at the Denmark Waste Management and Reuse Facility when the Containers for Change scheme launches state-wide on 1st October.

Containers for Change aims to increase recycling rates and reduce the number of drink containers that litter the environment or go into landfill, while creating jobs and providing opportunities for social enterprise and community organisations.

Anyone can bring their eligible containers to the Denmark Waste Management and Reuse Facility’s Refund Point and get a 10c refund for each eligible container.

The Refund Point receives 6c per container for sorting the container types before they are removed for recycling.

Shire of Denmark Manager Waste and Reserves Bohdan Davies said this income generated at the Refund Point will be reinvested back into the Denmark community.

“By bringing your containers to the local Refund Point at the Denmark Waste Facility, you are not only receiving a monetary reward, but every container you drop off is helping to put money back into services that directly benefit the Denmark community such as waste services, employment, and community projects,” he said.

Refunds can be received via EFT or cash. For EFT refunds people must sign up for a scheme ID via the Containers for Change website and quote this ID when dropping their containers off at the Refund Point.

Over-the-counter cash refunds can be obtained at the local Refund Point and do not require a Scheme ID.

Community groups, schools, sports clubs and charities can use the scheme to raise money for their causes by registering to become a Donation Point. They can set up a donation location at their facility, where people can drop their containers, effectively ‘donating’ to that community group while at the same time helping to improve recycling rates.

Those preferring to donate their refund can do so by using their chosen group’s Scheme ID when dropping their cans to the Refund Point, or by dropping containers to their chosen group’s Donation Point.

Only containers purchased from 1st October are eligible for a refund. Containers collected before this date should continue to be placed in kerbside recycling.

Beverage containers make up 44% of all litter in WA. In South Australia, where a container deposit scheme has been in place since 1977, containers account for less than 3% of litter.

The Denmark Waste Management and Reuse Facility’s Refund Point will have its opening launch on Thursday 1st October from 12pm-4pm. The Refund Point thereafter will operate from 12-4pm Wednesdays and Saturdays.

For information on getting involved, visit Containers for Change website


Bohdi with eligible containers

Shire of Denmark Manager Waste and Reserves Bohdan Davies at the refund point site with eligible containers.

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