Scot MacDonald
30th May 2018

Scot MacDonald MLC, Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter & the Hon. Gabrielle Upton MP, Minister for the Environment today celebrated the milestone of 3.5 million returned containers at the Medowie Reverse Vending Machine.

“I’m proud to see the region participate so enthusiastically with the ‘Return & Earn’ scheme,” Mr MacDonald said.

“It’s a win for the Medowie community to see more than 3.5 million plastic and glass containers removed from their local waterways and streets”

“It’s great to know what a difference the scheme has made in Port Stephens and across the Hunter.”

“6,526,378 bottles have been returned across Port Stephens since the scheme commenced, with a total of 36,630,031 bottles returned across the Hunter.”

“We’ve continued to see the Government improving coverage up and down the region, and I am keen to see the rollout continue state-wide.” 

NSW Environment Minister Gabrielle Upton said the Medowie collection point was one of the first RVMs installed across NSW, with recent additions in Port Stephens at Tanilba Bay and Nelson Bay. There are currently 612 collection points across NSW.

“There has been outstanding community support for Return and Earn, with over 362 million containers returned across the state since December 1,” Ms 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: