Western Australia Return Recycle Renew Limited (WARRRL) is a not-for-profit organisation created to establish and run 'Containers for Change' in Western Australia.
To help encourage more Western Australians to collect and return eligible containers, Containers for Change provides a 10-cent refund per container recycled.
Every 10c drink container has the potential to be turned into something new – from shoes to pens, tin foil to road base, as well as new containers. By returning your 10c containers to a Containers for Change refund point, you are ensuring they are recycled and not sent to landfill.
Source: Containers for Change website
Which containers can I save from landfill?
If your drink container has a 10c mark on it, you can stop it going to landfill. Most aluminium, glass, plastic, steel and liquid paperboard drink containers between 150ml and 3L can be saved. Make sure you take off the lids – they are recycled too, just separately.
Containers for Change works with the local community, beverage companies, recyclers and the waste industry to recycle containers, helping to return more than $13 million in refunds to the WA community since October 2020. It’s also a great way for schools, clubs and charities to raise much-needed funds.
Public Container Exchange Points
In August 2022, the City of Bayswater (with the help of WARRRL) installed 12 Container Exchange points in public locations throughout the City. The Container Exchange points, which look like a branded cradle or basket, are attached to existing public bin infrastructure and hold between 6 and 100 drink containers. Containers placed in the cradle/basket are then available for anyone to collect and return to an eligible Containers for Change refund point.
The cradles/baskets are situated in high traffic areas, including the main streets of Maylands (Eighth Avenue), Morley (Progress Street) and Bayswater (King William Street). The cradles/baskets should only be used to dispose of eligible drink containers (no food packaging, soft plastics or general waste).
The Container Exchange points within the City provide open and unrestricted access to containers and aims to reduce the amount of waste sent to landfill, whilst also providing recycling options for residents in public areas.
To find out more about Containers for Change, including how it works, eligible containers, refund points, and fundraising opportunities, visit containersforchange.com.au.