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From composting and re-purposing items, you can have a major impact at reducing the amount of waste that needs be collected, processed for recycling, combusted or buried in landfill. Imagine how it would be if most things could be reused or recycled at home or in the community rather than transported and dealt with en-mass.

Compost and Worm Farms

Worm farming and composting are fantastic for your garden and helps the environment.

Adding compost and worm farm liquids to your garden soil:

  • Loosens clay soils
  • Helps sandy soils retain water
  • Improves soil nutrients
  • Suppresses plant diseases and pests.

The following resources will help you to set up a compost bin or worm farm.

Containers for Change

Containers for Change is Western Australia’s new container deposit scheme and is commencing the 1st of October 2020.

Did you know that drink containers currently make up 44% of all litter in Western Australia (by volume, 2017-18 National Litter Index), even though they are made from easily recyclable materials such as glass, plastic, aluminium and cardboard?

To encourage more Western Australians to collect and return these containers, Containers for Change will provide a 10 cent refund for each eligible container returned for recycling at an approved refund point, encouraging recycling and creating a cleaner WA for everyone.

Container for Change also provides an exciting fundraising opportunity for schools, local sports clubs, community groups, charities and worthwhile causes. 

For more information about the scheme, what containers are eligiable and to find a refund point nearest to you visit www.containersforchange.com.au/wa/

Containers for Change Frequently Asked Questions

QUESTION ANSWER
Who operates Containers for Change? WA Return Recycle Renew Ltd (WARRRL) is a not-for-profit company established to coordinate the scheme in WA. The Containers for Change refund points are operated by over 70 organisations, including commercial entities, not for profit organisations, charities, sporting groups, Local Governments and Aboriginal corporations.
Who funds Containers for Change?

Containers for Change is a product stewardship scheme, in which industry manufacturers share responsibility for the sustainable management of products. Under the scheme, beverage suppliers pay for the cost of operating a convenient and accessible recycling scheme to recover eligible containers.

In this way, suppliers take responsibility for helping to improve recycling rates and reduce the environmental impact of empty drink containers.

Does the City of Armadale operate a Containers for Change refund point?

No

You can find your nearest Containers for Change refund point by using the look up map on the Containers for Change website - www.containersforchange.com.au/wa/where-to-return

Is the Armadale Landfill and Recycling Facility a Containers for Change refund point?

No 

The Armadale Landfill and Recycling Facility can accept aluminium cans and glass bottles for recycling at no charge but it is not an approved Containers for Change refund point so the 10 cent refund cannot be paid on any eligible containers.

Can I donate the refund on my containers to one of the City of Armadale local Community or Sporting Groups? 

You will need to find out the groups Scheme ID. You can find this by using the look up tool on the Containers for Change website https://www.containersforchange.com.au/wa/donate-your-refund to find your groups Scheme ID or contact your local group or club and ask them for their Scheme ID.

When you return your containers give this ID number to the refund point and they will pay the refund directly to the groups nominated bank account. Some groups might have collection bins or bags for containers so check directly with your group.

 

Page Last Reviewed 6 October 2020