Containers For Change Launches In Perth With Stunning Swan Sculpture In Yagan Square

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“10c refund at collection points in participating states/territories.”

How often have you looked at that little snippet on all the cans and bottles you throw in the recycling bin and wonder, ‘Why can’t I do that?”

Well wonder no more proud Perthites, October 1 sees the launch of WA’s own container deposit scheme, Containers For Change.

That means we’ll be able to cash in eligible drink containers for 10 cents each at any of the 200+ authorised refund points across the state (have a squiz where here).

To mark the momentous occasion, the program unveiled an impressive new sculpture in Yagan Square this week – the $WAN.

Made out of 10,000 recycled containers, it serves as a striking reminder how important waste issue is as a visual representation of how many drink containers are consumed every four minutes!

The $wan will take up residence in Yagan Square until October 2, and if you pop down for a visit you’ll also be avble to sign up for your Scheme ID; take photos with a special $wan AR Filter on Instagram; and have the opportunity to win $10,000 along daily cash prizes.

For more info head to, where you’ll also learn some pretty damning statistics like:

  • Our state consumes over 1.3billion drink containers every year, which equates to 3.5million per day, 150,000 an hour or over 2,000 every minute.
  • Drink containers make up 44% of litter (by volume) in WA.
  • Containers For Change will take recyclable containers out of landfill/litter and generate up $130million of refunds each year.

The $wan was commissioned by Containers for Change via The Works. The $wan was designed by Will Colhoun of Big Kahuna Imagineering, and constructed by M.E. Scenery in Perth.

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