Who we are
Beverage containers make up 41% of all litter in Western Australia (2019 – 2020 National Litter Index [PDF]) even though they are made from easily recyclable materials such as glass, plastic, aluminium, and cardboard.
To help encourage more Western Australians to collect and return these containers, Containers for Change provides a 10-cent refund per container recycled.
Western Australia is the fifth state or territory to adopt a container deposit scheme (CDS), following the lead of South Australia, Northern Territory, New South Wales, Australian Capital Territory, and Queensland.
In July 2019, then Western Australian Minister for Environment, Hon. Stephen Dawson (MLC), appointed WARRRL to the office of Coordinator of the Scheme under section 47X of the Waste Avoidance and Resource Recovery Act 2007 (WA) (Act).
By March 2020, the WARRRL team had significantly progressed the plans to deliver a strong network of refund point operators, well supported by logistics and processing providers. However, with the onset of the global COVID-19 pandemic, the Western Australian government introduced strict protocols to minimise the spread of COVID-19 in the State, and the decision was made to delay the launch of the Scheme until 1 October 2020.
During the first year of operations a total of 765 million eligible containers were returned and redeemed through the scheme — injecting more than $122 million into Western Australia’s economy through refunds and refund point operator handling fees.
- Empower communities with the knowledge and motivation to easily recycle.
- Provide a refund point network that is safe, stable, efficient, widely accessible, and financially sustainable.
- Build a culture which recognises and celebrates the positive impact of Containers for Change.
- Increase the recovery and recycling of beverage containers.
- Reduce the amount of beverage containers in litter and landfill.
- Help create new jobs in our communities.
- Work with existing collection and recycling programs in Western Australia.
- Make sure manufacturers fulfil their product stewardship responsibilities.
- Encourage social enterprise to improve communities and our environment.
- Help not-for-profits, clubs, and charities fundraise and make a difference in their community.
Respect for community
Accountability, transparency and integrity
Partnership and innovation
Inclusiveness and diversity
Hon Sheila McHale
As the then Chief Executive Officer of Palmerston Association, a Western Australian not-for-profit alcohol and other drug service, Sheila steered the organisation through significant change and growth.
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During her time as CEO, Sheila was a frequent public commentator on evidence-based approaches to alcohol and other drug programs. Stepping down as CEO in January 2019, Sheila continues to bring her strong leadership and substantial experience to her board and community roles.
She is a board director of the YMCA WA, a state councillor of the Governance Institute of Australia WA Division, a board director, YMCA Services and Y Safeguarding Australia, and deputy Chairperson of the Botanic Gardens and Parks Authority Board.
Sheila is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, Fellow of both the Australian Institute of Management WA (AIM WA) and Governance Institute of Australia, and a WA State Councillor of the latter. Sheila was the 2017 AIM WA not-for-profit leader of the year.
Sheila served as a Member of the Western Australian Parliament for 12 years (1996 – 2008) and Cabinet Minister for eight years (2001 – 2008). During this time, she held a range of portfolios including Tourism, Consumer Protection, Community Development, Culture and the Arts, Disability Services, and Aboriginal Affairs.
Sheila’s expertise in the areas of governance, high-level communication, negotiation, and strategic leadership, together with her substantial experience in navigating government processes, is invaluable in her various roles and responsibilities, including as Chair of WA Return Recycle Renew Ltd.
Rebecca is the founder and Executive Director of the Plastic Free Foundation, a not-for-profit organisation that organises the annual Plastic Free July challenge.
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Rebecca has more than 25 years’ experience in the world of environmental and waste management, community engagement, and sustainability behaviour change. She is a seasoned public speaker, presenting on the Plastic Free July challenge, plastic pollution, and behaviour change in Australia, New Zealand, India, USA, and the UK.
Rebecca also worked to help structure and promote the lightweight plastic bag ban in Western Australia that came into effect in 2018 and is a representative on WA’s Waste Reform Advisory Group.
Stephen has over 25 years’ experience in the waste management and recycling industries. In 1978, Stephen founded the Recycling Company of WA (RCWA).
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Under Stephen’s leadership, the RCWA successfully operated Materials Recovery Facilities in Wangara and Canning Vale as well recycling facilities in North Fremantle. Stephen has had considerable experience in handling and processing large tonnages of commercial and industrial recyclables.
Stephen’s expertise and extensive experience in the waste management industry has seen him appointed to various associations, boards, and taskforces.
Stephen was the State President of the Waste Management Association of Australia (1992 – 1996), a Member of the National Board of the Waste Management Association of Australia (1992 – 1996), and in 2000 was appointed by the WA Minister for the Environment to the WAste 2020 Taskforce.
Belinda Moharich is a qualified lawyer and town planner, practising in the areas of planning and environment law. In 2015, she established the Western Australian law firm Moharich & More.
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Belinda is the recipient of several awards including the Best Lawyers LLC Award for Planning and Environmental Law, Western Australia (2014 to present), Land Use and Zoning Law, Western Australia (2016 to present); and the Doyle’s Guide Preeminent Planning and Environmental Lawyer, Western Australia (2014 to present).
Belinda is a member of the Law Society of Western Australia and a Fellow of the Planning Institute of Australia. She has an in-depth understanding of government decision-making processes and town planning concepts, bringing a pro-active and practical voice to the table.
Nick is currently the Chief Operating Officer of Phosphate Resources Limited (PRL), a role that utilises his expertise across operations, finance, business diversification and growth, and corporate governance.
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His Directorships include the Indian Ocean Oil Company, Christmas Island Maintenance Services, and Indian Ocean Stevedores; each role has benefited from Nick’s ability to create and analyse core business and strategic plans, develop and implement key operational strategies, and to identify and mitigate risk.
Ashley is a senior policy and public affairs advisor with diverse private and public sector experience.
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Ashley’s previous roles include advising state governments and Ministers on international trade (particularly WTO law and policy), and consulting to the banking sector on ethical finance and sustainability policy.
Prior to this, as a solicitor in private practice, he advised in the conduct and resolution of large-scale oil and gas infrastructure disputes at two international firms in Melbourne and Perth. Currently, he leads public policy engagement for Coca-Cola Europacific Partners (Australia)(formerly Amatil)
Katrina has over 15 years of experience as an economist, strategist, investment banker and FX trader and has worked across financial services, wine industry and fast moving consumer goods in Asia-Pacific.
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Katrina is also passionate about working towards a more inclusive society. She recently created a podcast to shine light on fathers that choose to become primary carers of their children to encourage conversation and normalise the family dynamic. In addition, she continues to volunteer and pursue non-executive Board appointments in the for-purpose sector, most recently with The Benevolent Society.
Edward Dowse is an experienced finance and commercial leader with 20 years of experience across a range of industries.
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Prior to Lion, Edward spent over 10 years at Ernst & Young advising major lenders, investors, and corporates in relation to business performance, strategic options analysis, financial restructures, and turnarounds in both Australia and Europe.
Reece is a community minded and diversely experienced hospitality, beverage and engagement professional.
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Reece is a community minded and diversely experienced hospitality, beverage and engagement professional. Having founded Nowhereman Brewing Co in 2017, Reece has added The Ten Foot Tall Group and Nowhereman’s multi award winning charitable arm Hospofam since then. Reece sits on the board of WARRRL as the small producer representative bringing experience as a producer and his experience and qualifications in environmental management.
Prior to the beverage industry Reece had extensive experience in the not for profit sector and student engagement, welfare and experience at Curtin University. He has sat on numerous industry associations and boards at state and national levels throughout his career.
Our Executive Team
Tim is an experienced supply chain and leadership professional with 30 years’ experience in manufacturing, logistics, and general management.
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Earlier in his career, Tim was a Ministerial Chief of Staff in the Unsworth ministry of the New South Wales Government.
Tim’s broad experience includes delivering major change and development programs which will assist WARRRL in establishing and operating a world class container deposit scheme for Western Australia.
A finance and commercial professional, Rebecca Cutter is a Chartered Accountant and graduate of AICD with experience encompassing consulting, financial and investment analysis, strategy, communications, and stakeholder relations.
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Rebecca is passionate about working with organisations that have a positive social impact, and is committed to delivering an efficient, cost-effective scheme.
Nicola is a marketing and commercial leader with over 20 years’ experience across industries such as fast-moving consumer goods and tourism both internationally and here in WA.
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With a background in accounting and training with the Australian Institute of Company Directors, Nicola brings highly developed analytical, financial, and selling skills combined with creative energy to drive business growth initiatives.
Nicola’s skills and experience in community engagement, consumer behaviour, stakeholder management, media planning, visitation strategies, and audience growth will help drive Containers for Change brand awareness and behaviour change.
With an international career of over 20 years spanning across multiple industries including supply chain management, operations, fast-moving consumer goods, general business, and software development.
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Kristen is passionate about making a difference in WA through Containers for Change and has a keen interest in continuous improvement finding the 1% gains to get us to 85% redemption.
Tony is a logistics, manufacturing, and inventory supply specialist with over 15 years’ experience managing warehousing, inventory, delivery, and production of beverage products.
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With a strong background in delivering leadership and expert executive advice, Tony brings a wealth of industry knowledge and ability to manage complex issues across industry sectors.
Amy’s career in quality assurance, compliance, and regulatory management spans over 15 years. Amy is a qualified auditor, trainer, and assessor with a career that spans over 15 years in quality assurance, compliance, and regulatory management.
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Previous experience in the education sector, where she established and operated her own business for several years, saw Amy specialise in providing audit, compliance monitoring, and support services for training providers along with developing compliance management systems and governance frameworks.
Passionate about sustainability, the environment, and contributing to long term behaviour change, Amy is excited to be working with our network partners to foster and promote a culture of continuous improvement, self-assurance, and quality.
Candice Hibbert is the Executive Assistant to the CEO of WARRRL working alongside the executive team. She brings over 10 years of administrative experience to the table with expertise in scheduling, calendar planning, logging activity, correspondence and keeping an open channel of communication within departments.
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Originally from Zimbabwe, Candice graduated from Speciss college with a Diploma in Business Administration, Private Secretary Diploma and Pitmans accounting qualifications. After graduation
she has excelled in working for big firms worldwide at Adecco, Ernst & Young as well as locally owned WA business RAC Insurance undertaking a broad range of administrative and secretarial duties.
Candice is passionate about developing the awareness of the containers for change brand and about sustainability for the environment across WA contributing to making a positive change for
the benefit of all scheme participants.
Over a career spanning 30 years, Michael has worked across various industries including logistics, fast-moving consumer goods, and manufacturing.
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Michael’s role within WARRRL utilises his broad experience and sees him working with our partners across the Containers for Change network to provide efficient and effective movement of containers for the benefit of all scheme participants.
Visit the WARRRL Career’s page for current employment opportunities.