By Breanna Inferrera
THEY say a little goes a long way, which is definitely the case for a number of community groups in the eastern and Perth Hills region, who will now be able to raise vital funds from the 10c refund in WA’s upcoming container deposit scheme.
The State Government recently awarded more than $200,000 in grants ranging from $550 to $2000 to 138 applicants across WA as part of Containers for Change.
Those applicants, which include community groups, schools, sporting clubs and not-for-profit organisations, will use the grants to build infrastructure to establish refund or donation points.
Community members will be able to drop off their eligible containers to a donation point, allowing that operator to take the containers to a refund point and claim the 10c refund per container.
Refund points will create job opportunities for West Australians who will be responsible for collecting, counting and sorting returned containers, paying refunds to customers, preparing materials for transport to a processor and providing high levels of customer service.
In the City of Kalamunda, Lesmurdie Primary School Parents and Citizens, High Wycombe Amateur Football Club (HWAFC) and Kalamunda Districts Rugby Union Club (KDRUC) all received grants to establish donation points.
KDRUC president Graham England said the grant will significantly reduce the initial set-up costs required to enable the club to effectively become a collection point.
“The club has a large membership base and uses a high volume of glass and plastic bottles,” he said.
“Rather than these going into general recycled waste they will be able to be fully recycled and the club will be able to generate income from this activity.”
Mr England said KDRUC was looking forward to being known as an environmentally aware club contributing towards changing habits of members and the local community.
“The management of the recycling will be by our junior club so it will involve our juniors interacting in a positive way with the senior members and the general public as a whole,” he said.
Similarly, HWAFC president Jason Castle said the grant was very much welcomed.
“I would like to thank the State Government and in particular Stephen Price MLA for his ongoing commitment and dedication to the community and the HWAFC,” he said.
City of Kalamunda mayor Margaret Thomas said the KDRUC and HWAFC will each receive $2000.
“The High Wycombe location will include a steel cage, 12 240 litre wheelie bins and one large wheelie bin, while the Forrestfield site will house a secure storage cage,” she said.
“Our community loves to recycle and have been asking for a container deposit scheme for a long time.
“The City supports all measures to reduce waste ending up as landfill.”
Eligible containers include most aluminium, glass, plastic, steel and liquid paperboard beverage containers between 150ml and three litres.
Containers for Change was expected to launch on June 2, but the impact of COVID-19 has seen the start date extended to October 1.
The scheme will be one of the most accessible container deposit schemes in Australia with 229 refund points available by the end of its first year.
In the Shire of Mundaring, St Anthony’s School, Sawyers Valley Primary School and Mahogany Creek Progress Association also received grants to establish donation points, along with Swan Athletic Caversham Junior Cricket Club in the City of Swan.
The Ability Centre Midvale and Recyclers for Change Midland received grants as refund points.