Containers for Change: Small change has big impact in first 100 days

Making a difference: 120 million containers have been deposited for recycling in the first 100 days of the Containers for Change scheme. Photo: File image.
Making a difference: 120 million containers have been deposited for recycling in the first 100 days of the Containers for Change scheme. Photo: File image.

Since it's launch a little over 100 days ago, Containers for Change has received more than 120 million containers and donated over half a million dollars to community groups and charities.

Peel residents have been doing their bit, using the eight drop-off points around the region at:

Community Recycling Erskine; Super Collector Mandurah; Mandurah Recycling; Peel Thunder Football Club; Containers For Cash Mandurah; Community Recycling Mandurah; Karnup Roadhouse; Ethos Recycling Del Park; and Community Recycling Pinjarra.

More than 4,100 tonnes of glass, 600 tonnes of aluminium and 400 tonnes of PET plastic will be recycled from containers collected during the first 100 days of the scheme's operation.

"Containers for Change has been widely supported since it was introduced 100 days ago and West Australians really do deserve praise for ensuring the success of this new recycling scheme," Environment Minister Stephen Dawson said.

"However, we are still seeing containers end up in litter and landfill, so we all need to do our bit to recycle them through the scheme.

"We need to change our thinking about what we do with waste.

"Drink containers made from glass, aluminium, plastic and liquid paperboard are resources that can be turned into new products, they do not belong in the bin."

Although a State Government initiative, opposition leader Zak Kirkup has thrown his weight behind the scheme also, placing a bin outside his Mandurah electorate office as a donation point, with the funds raised used to support a different community group each month.

Containers for Change has seen more than $500,000 donated via scheme ID for 3,000 community groups and charities.

Over the next 20 years, it is estimated the scheme will recycle an additional 6.6 billion containers, keeping about 5.9 billion of those containers out of landfill and 706 million containers from being littered.

For more info about Containers for Change go to con tainersforchange.com.au.