From today Hunter residents will be able to return eligible containers to collection points in the Hunter for a 10-cent refund as part of the state’s container deposit scheme, Return and Earn, Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter Scot MacDonald MLC said.
The following collection points have been installed in the Hunter;
• Woolworths Mayfield, Maitland Road & Valencia Street, Mayfield – Reverse vending machine
• Woolworths Medowie, 39-47 Ferodale Road, Medowie – Reverse vending machine
• Woolworths Salamander Bay, 2 Town Centre Circuit, Salamander Bay – Reverse vending machine
• Woolworths Mount Hutton, 46 Wilsons Road, Mount Hutton – Reverse vending machine
“The reverse vending machines give people the option for an electronic transfer using PayPal, a cash refund and an in-store credit at Woolworths or the option to donate it to selected charities” Mr MacDonald said.
“49 per cent of litter by volume is made up of beverage containers – and 43 per cent of the total volume is containers that will be caught by the scheme”.
Environment Minister Gabrielle Upton said the rollout was a massive logistical exercise.
“There are plenty more to be installed across the state in the coming weeks as the rollout continues,” Ms Upton said.
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.
The state-wide network of collection points will include reverse vending machines, over-the-counter collection points such as selected cafes, service stations, small grocers and newsagencies, and automated depots for large volumes of drink containers.
A state-wide map of collection points and further detail about container eligibility is available online at: www.returnandearn.org.au.