Scot MacDonald
28th Feb 2018

Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter Scot MacDonald MLC has announced a reverse vending machine for the Return and Earn container deposit scheme is today being installed in Maitland, where people will be able to claim 10-cent refunds for eligible drink containers they return.

The reverse vending machine is located at the BP Service Station on Glenwood Drive in Thornton. This is the first reverse vending machine for Maitland.

A second reverse vending machine will shortly be installed at the Home Consortium on Mustang Drive in Rutherford.

“People will be able to choose to donate their refund directly to charities, receive a docket redeemable for cash or an electronic transfer using PayPal at the machines,” Mr MacDonald said.

Return and Earn is the largest litter reduction initiative to be introduced in NSW, and now the Maitland community can get involved.”

“The machines are due to come online shortly, and the EPA will provide final confirmation.”

“There has been widespread community support for Return and Earn, with over 115 million containers returned across the state since December 1”, NSW Environment Minister Gabrielle Upton said.

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: