Scot MacDonald MLC today announced that Rutherford will have a reverse vending machine for the Return and Earn container deposit scheme, where people will be able to claim 10-cent refunds for eligible drink containers they return.
The reverse vending machine will be located at 5 Mustang Drive, Rutherford and will be online from tomorrow.
“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.
“Return and Earn is the largest litter reduction initiative to be introduced in NSW. After 16 years of inaction by the previous Labor Government, the NSW Liberal Government is rolling out hundreds of collection points across the State including dozens in the Hunter. I appreciate the support of the Maitland community in their utilisation of these Return and Earn machines. I am looking forward to further collection points being announced.,” Mr MacDonald said.
NSW Environment Minister Gabrielle Upton said the Rutherford collection point was one of more than 539 operational sites across the state, with more to be rolled out in the weeks to come.
“There has been widespread community support for Return and Earn, with over 204 million containers returned across the state since December 1.” Said Ms Upton.
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: www.returnandearn.org.au