The Hunter’s first Return and Earn reverse vending machine kiosk has been installed in Medowie as part of the state’s container deposit scheme rollout, Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter Scot MacDonald MLC announced today.
The kiosk has been installed at Woolworths Supermarket in Medowie, making it one of many kiosks to be installed at or near Woolworths supermarkets across the state ahead of the start of the scheme on 1 December.
“This scheme will be easy and convenient for people to use,” Mr MacDonald said.
“It will be a game-changer – it will make a major contribution to helping the NSW Government reach its goal to reduce litter volume by 40 per cent by 2020.”
People will be able to choose to donate their refund directly to selected charities or transfer it to their designated account.
People will also be able to redeem the refund for cash from Woolworths supermarkets or use a credit voucher towards their shopping at Woolworths across NSW (except Metro branded Woolworths stores).
Environment Minister Gabrielle Upton said the rollout was starting now because it was a massive logistical exercise.
“This is proof that Return and Earn is coming to a suburb or town near all of us. There are plenty more to be installed across the state in the coming weeks,” Ms Upton said.
The reverse vending machines at or near Woolworths supermarkets will make up part of the state’s collection network which will include hundreds of collection points.
Drink containers eligible for the 10-cent refund include most containers between 150ml and three litres. Containers should not crushed or broken and have the original label attached to be eligible for the refund.
Port Stephens Mayor Ryan Palmer said “It is great to see Port Stephens chosen as one of the early locations for Return and Earn.
“I ran my campaign on respect for the environment and this strategy aimed at reducing container litter is a welcome development. I urge the community to give this a go and help keep our neighbourhoods clean.”
Other locations will be finalised in the coming weeks.