A Return and Earn reverse vending machine kiosk has been installed at Salamander Bay Shopping Centre, Town Centre Circuit, Salamander Bay as part of the NSW Liberal National Government’s container deposit scheme rollout, Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter Scot MacDonald MLC announced.
This is the second Return & Earn site following the installation of the first machine at Medowie.
“The Return and Earn Scheme is helping the NSW Government reach its goal to reduce litter volume by 40 per cent by 2020” Mr MacDonald said.
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).
Jaimie Abbott, Port Stephens Councillor welcomed the addition of a second vending machine to the Port Stephens area.
“I think it’s great to teach kids when they are young about the importance of recycling and give an incentive to earn some pocket money on the side. It is also an opportunity for charity to get on board with the scheme,” Ms Abbott said.
Drink containers eligible for the 10-cent refund include most containers between 150ml and three litres. Containers should not be crushed or broken and have the original label attached to be eligible for the refund.