Scot MacDonald
1st Jun 2018

Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter Scot MacDonald MLC has thanked the Hunter community for their participation in the Return and Earn scheme which has recovered more than 367 million containers across NSW collection points in the first six months of operation.

“The Hunter has embraced the container deposit scheme and returned more than 41 million containers to our local reverse vending machines which is a great result for the community and the environment,” Mr MacDonald said.

“Communities across NSW have also embraced Return and Earn as a fundraising opportunity for local groups and schools, and even for the Tathra Bushfire Appeal where more than $8,000 was raised in donations from people using reverse vending machines.”

“New donation partners on the reverse vending machines from this week include: Red Cross, WIRES Animal Rescue, Take 3 for the Sea and Clean Up Australia as well as 12 local Hunter groups across 24 machines.”

“Any Hunter groups wanting to fundraise through the scheme can collect donations of eligible containers through their networks, or can apply to be listed as a donation partner on a reverse vending machine if one is nearby and they meet the eligibility criteria.”

NSW Environment Minister Gabrielle Upton said that in addition to collection points, over 380 million containers have been collected and claimed through the kerbside recycling system for the period December 2017 to March 2018.

“Figures from the Scheme Coordinator Exchange for Change show that during the first quarter of this year, 61 per cent of all eligible containers supplied in NSW were refunded through the scheme across the network of collection points and through household kerbside recycling collections.”

“Their figures also show that this is a significant increase on the 33 per cent of containers recovered through household kerbside recycling prior to scheme commencement on 1 December last year, representing an additional 196 million containers that may have ended up as litter.

“This is an outstanding result for the environment and we expect this number to grow as more collection points are rolled out.

More information about Return and Earn, including: container eligibility, donation partner criteria, and a collection point locater map can be found at: