Sunday, February 18, 2018

Return and earn reverse vending machine now at Ulladulla

Return and Earn UlladullaMember for South Coast Shelley Hancock welcomed the addition of a reverse vending machine at Ulladulla as part of the NSW Government’s Return and Earn container deposit scheme.

From Saturday 27th Jan people began claiming 10-cent refunds for eligible drink containers they returned, with 19,195 containers deposited in the first four days.

The collection point is located at Vinnies, 251 Green Street, Ulladulla, opened from 7am – 10pm, which was previously an over the counter collection point with a redemption limit of 100 containers.

The collection point has now been upgraded with the installation of a reverse vending machine that will significantly increase the sites capacity and the number of containers that can be returned for a refund.

This is the third reverse vending machine and will add to the four collection points already operating on the South Coast.

“Return and Earn is the largest litter reduction initiative to be introduced in NSW, and now our local community can take part,” Mrs Hancock said.

“By using this collection point, in combination with traditional means of recycling, we can do our bit to reduce the millions of containers that are littered in the NSW environment each year.

“The reverse vending machines have proven very popular with local charities and residents and I am thrilled there is now a collection point that will better service the Southern Shoalhaven community and allow people to conveniently access the scheme,” Mrs Hancock said.

NSW Environment Minister Gabrielle Upton said the Ulladulla collection point was one of more than 350 operational sites across the state, with more to be rolled out in the weeks to come.

“There has been widespread community support for Return and Earn, with over 58 million containers returned across the state since December 1.”

Most drink containers between 150ml and three litres are eligible for the 10c refund.

Containers should be intact (not crushed or broken) and have a readable barcode to be eligible.

For more information, including a full list of eligible drink containers, visit: www.returnandearn.org.au

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