Return And Earn Locally

Return And Earn Locally

Port Macquarie is one of 200 locations across the state to have an over-the-counter collection point for the new container deposit scheme Return and Earn, Member for Port Macquarie, Leslie Williams announced today.

“When the scheme started Friday 1st December, Matthews Metal Recycling at 5 Belah Road Port Macquarie was the first collection point to come on board so people can take the their container material for processing.

“Three new locations will start early next year at the Hope Shops in Port Macquarie and Lake Cathie and the Honour Church, The Ruins Way at Lake Innes.

“A Reverse Vending Machine has also been announced for Port Macquarie which will be situated at Woolworths at Settlement City,” Mrs Williams said.

People returning eligible containers at over-the-counter locations will be able to get a 10 cent cash refund while reverse vending machines will give people the option for an electronic transfer using PayPal, a cash refund or an in-store credit at a local retail partner and an option to donate it to selected charities.

 Almost 50 per cent of litter by volume is made up of beverage containers. Return and Earn will capture 43 per cent of this litter. It is the largest litter reduction initiative to be introduced in NSW. The Scheme will help to reduce 160 million bottles that are littered in our environment every year.

“Like most new initiatives, there have been some teething problems but I am confident these are being ironed out and more collection points will be rolled out in the weeks and months ahead,” Mrs Williams said.

“I have already heard stories of young children picking up suitable bottles and cans to collect for some extra pocket money. That will not only add to their saving, it is also saving the environment.

The Cancer Council, St Vincent de Paul, Surf Life Saving NSW, and Planet Ark are the first four charities featured on reverse vending machines. Charities, community and sporting groups, schools and other not-for-profit organisations can also register their interest to become a donation partner under the rotation system.

The map of collection points is available at 

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