Business Specialist CFP | Local Government Expert | Political Adviser
Well done to the City of Fremantle on their reverse vending machine that exchanges cans and bottles for money.
Come try the reverse vending machine in Kings Square, Fremantle today. 10c for every can or bottle. WA councils are pressing the state government to introduce a ‘Cash for Containers’ scheme to curb high levels of rubbish dumped in streets and parks.
The plan would provide a direct financial incentive for people to recycle empty cans, bottles or cartons by submitting them to a collection depot and receive 10 cents for each container.
Local governments in the West estimate that the scheme could halve the amount of litter they are now forced to clean up at a cost of $20 million a year to ratepayers.
The adoption of a container deposit scheme would make WA the third Australian jurisdiction to sheet the costs of waste collection back to industry. South Australia introduced its now entrenched scheme in 1977, while the Northern Territory introduced deposits in January this year.