President Charles Waterton of the Melville Rotary Club explains the "The WA State Government Containers For Change (CFC) scheme". 
 
The CFC was previously referred to as the Containers Deposit Scheme. The CFC, generates a financial incentive for the community to recycle most glass and plastic containers, by putting a refundable 10₵ levy on such containers and setting up a system to collect and sort these containers and refund the collected levy to the collectors. This system is being coordinated by a newly established NFP organisation, WARRL  https:/https://warrrl.com.au WARRL reports directly to the WA Minister for the Environment.

A network, outlined below, to recycle these containers has been set up and operates as follows:
  • Members of the public and commercial operations, businesses, etc, who recover refunds for their collected containers, when they take them to designated Refund Points (Note: some or all of the refunds can be kept by the collectors, with any remainder being donated to a charity of their choice)
  • Refund Points that are responsible for:
    • collecting, counting and sorting returned containers
    • paying refunds to customers
    •  preparing materials for transport to a processor
  • Processors, who are responsible for:  
    • processing the collected containers into ready for sale material (for example, by crushing materials into bales)
    • the sale of materials to recyclers via an online auction platform
It should be noted that, whilst the operation of the CFC will generate a significant amount of money (An estimated $1.3 Billion will be generated each year), the primary purpose of this initiative is waste reduction, with the recycling component funding the scheme's operation.
 
Rotary has formed an alliance with the Greenbatch Foundation, a NFP that is promoting the establishment and operation of the collection network, on behalf of an associated company Greenbatch Pty Ltd, which is one of the network’s processors.  As part of the collection network, Rotary/Greenbatch is
establishing and then servicing collection points across the metropolitan area; funds generated from these collection points being distributed, in full or in part, back to the individual who deposited the containers or to a Charity.
 
So in the meantime, apart from identifying potential corporate, commercial and social donors, we can all play a part by collecting the eligible containers we use at home and then perhaps expanding your community collection network to include family, neighbours and friends. 
 
 
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