WA furthers deposit scheme

The Western Australian government has announced it has assigned WA Return Recycle Renew Limited as the co-ordinator for the state’s container deposit scheme.

"An open and competitive process was used to identify the preferred scheme co-ordinator and I'm encouraged that WA Return Recycle Renew is best placed to deliver a high performing scheme for our State,” State Minister for the Environment Stephen Dawson said.

WA Return Recycle Renew is a not-for-profit company which will be responsible for running the container deposit scheme and ensuring it meets all objectives set by the State Government.

Overseen by a board, the scheme co-ordinator will manage payments from manufacturers and importers of eligible beverage products, and will be responsible for establishing and implementing collection and logistics networks.

The Western Australian Local Government Association welcomed the announcement, saying that the additional $3.1 million in funding announced by the government will provide certainty for the market.

“It’s pleasing to see the Government continue to deliver on existing commitments such as the introduction of the Container Deposit Scheme, due to come into effect next year,” WALGA’s President Cr Lynne Craige said.

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