Scot MacDonald
15th Mar 2018

Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter Scot MacDonald MLC has announced a reverse vending machine for the Return and Earn container deposit scheme is installed and online at Coles Jewellstown Plaza, Ntaba Rd at Belmont North.

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

“The NSW Government is committed to the Return and Earn scheme and further reverse vending machines and other collection months will be developed across the Hunter in the coming months.”

“It is unfortunate that the Labor Party has been so negative about the scheme considering they failed to implement their own container deposit scheme.”

“There has been widespread community support for Return and Earn, with over 152 million containers returned across the state since December 1st 2017”, NSW Environment Minister Gabrielle Upton said.

Over 11 million containers have been returned to reverse vending machines on the Hunter since the scheme began.

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.

The vending machine at Coles Jewellstown Plaza is open Monday to Sunday 7am to 10pm and has a maximum limit of 500 bottles per transaction.

For more information, including a full list of eligible drink containers, visit: