Return and Earn collects 50 million drink containers
NSW EPA acting chair and CEO Mark Gifford said daily returns are averaging 1.5 million drink containers. Weekends continue to be the busiest times for returns, peaking last Sunday at more than 1.8 million returns.
“Overall we have seen tremendous take-up of Return and Earn and we expect the Australia Day long weekend to be even busier. We ask people to be patient when returning their containers on the weekend and to check with your local over the counter sites to confirm their weekend opening hours,” Gifford said. “People wanting to return large numbers of containers can also go straight to the nearest automated depot.”
Gifford also asked people to dispose of their litter thoughtfully over the long weekend.
“We hope that people enjoy their three-day holiday and act responsibly when it comes to litter: dispose of your rubbish properly, redeem eligible drink containers and recycle any other containers.”
There are now 349 collection points up and running across NSW with more to come. New sites include Griffith North, Port Macquarie, Fairfield, Bathurst and Campbelltown. The most popular reverse vending machines are at Emerton, Casula, Granville, Revesby and Prospect, which have each received more than one million containers since scheme commencement on 1 December.