You can leave your containers at Yanchep men’s shed

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Yanchep Community Men's Shed members beside the public collection bin for eligible containers at the entrance to the car park at 2 Bracknell St.

RESIDENTS wanting to take part in the containers for change scheme can use a public collection bin at the entrance to the car park at the Yanchep Community Men’s Shed.

People can join the scheme by going online and getting their customer ID number and writing it on their bag of containers and put them in the collection bin at 2 Bracknell St and receive the payment direct into their bank account or they can put their containers in the bin and the proceeds will go to the Yanchep Community Men’s Shed (YCMS).

YCMS secretary Anne Purdy said the men’s shed was pleased to be a bag drop location working with Roundabout Recycling WA and the organization would enjoy raising money for the community and removing litter from the streets.

On Thursday, October 1 the McGowan Government launched containers for change –  Western Australia’s new container deposit scheme.

Adoption of the scheme means Western Australians will be able to cash in their eligible drink containers for a 10 cent refund at any of the more than 200 authorised containers for change refund points across the state.

Most aluminium, glass, plastic, steel and liquid paperboard drink containers between 150ml and 3 litres are eligible for a refund.

But not all containers are eligible for the scheme such as those that are less than 150ml and greater than 3 litres.

Plain milk containers and any glass containers which have contained wine or spirits are also not eligible.

Environment Minister Stephen Dawson said the containers for change scheme provided an opportunity for community groups, sporting clubs, charities and schools to fundraise for their important causes.

“We have had over 1000 organisations already register and expect that number to continue to grow,’’ he said.

Mr Dawson said the scheme was also providing employment opportunities, with more than 40 per cent of the jobs being filled by those with disability, the long-term unemployed or Aboriginal people.

Premier Mark McGowan said the scheme was an important step for recycling in Western Australia.

“People in WA use 1.3 billion drink containers every year, that’s 3.5 million a day, 150,000 an hour and more than 2000 a minute,’’ he said.

“We know that currently, these containers make up 41 per cent of all litter here in WA.’’

More information about containers for change, including refund point locations and eligible containers can be found at http://www.containersforchange.com.au