Schools secure grant for container deposit scheme

Sound Telegraph
Lincoln Jones, Ava Jones, Samuel Vaughan, Katelyn Vaughan, Darcy Jack, Paul Papalia, Leanne Allen and Jarita Darman.
Camera IconLincoln Jones, Ava Jones, Samuel Vaughan, Katelyn Vaughan, Darcy Jack, Paul Papalia, Leanne Allen and Jarita Darman. Credit: Chloe Fraser/Sound Telegraph/Chloe Fraser

Singleton Primary School and St Bernadette’s Primary School have secured a community grant to help them become container deposit donation points.

The State Government last month announced WA’s Containers for Change, would recommence on October 1 after it was postponed due to COVID-19.

The scheme will provide consumers with a 10¢ refund on eligible cans and bottles returned at refund points.

Paul Papalia Warnbro MLA said Singleton and St Bernadette’s Primary School were among 138 refund and donation point applicants to receive a share in more than $200,000 of McGowan Government funding.

“It’s fantastic that we’re able to offer financial assistance to organisations like Singleton and St Bernadette’s Primary School here in Warnbro, and I’m sure they’ll operate a very well-used donation point for our local community,” he said.

“People here in the Warnbro community want to recycle right and they want to ensure fewer containers end up in landfill — we can’t wait for the container deposit scheme to begin.”

Singleton Primary School principal Leanne Allen said the school was proud to become a donation point. “It fits well with our school’s commitment to sustainability and the wider community,” she said.

Managed by the Department of Water and Environmental Regulation, the grants will be used to build infrastructure to support community groups, schools and not-for-profit organisations to establish donation or refund points.

Singleton Primary School and St Bernadette’s Primary School will receive $1818 and $950 respectively, to purchase collection cages.

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