Scot MacDonald
30th Sep 2018

Parliamentary Secretary for the Central Coast Scot MacDonald MLC has announced that a Return and Earn reverse vending machine is installed at Coles Waratah Shopping Village, 91 Turton Rd, Waratah.

“More than 739 million containers have already been returned across NSW, and now Wallsend residents have a further collection point to get involved,” Mr MacDonald said.

“Figures released in August for NSW by Keep Australia Beautiful indicated total litter volume in NSW has reduced by 37 per cent from 2013-14.”

“Overall, there has been a 33 per cent drop in Return and Earn eligible drink containers in the NSW litter stream since November 2017 – the month before the scheme was introduced on 1 December 2017.”

Reverse vending machines provide community users a refund in three ways. They can:

• Receive the refund into a registered PayPal account by scanning the myTOMRA app code on your smartphone at the machine
• Collect a printed voucher that can be redeemed for either cash or an in-store purchase at the retail partner (such as Woolworths, Coles, IGA)
• Donate to one of the donation partners listed on the machine
• “Local community groups, schools, sports groups and charities can also apply to become a local donation partner on the machine so people returning containers to the site can choose to donate them their refund.”

Drink containers eligible for the 10 cent refund include most containers between 150ml and three litres. Containers must be intact (not crushed or broken) and have a readable barcode to be eligible for the refund.

Residents can still use their kerbside recycling bins for ineligible drink containers. They can also still place their eligible containers into the kerbside recycling bins or even donate them to local charities or community groups that are collecting them for fundraising purposes.

For more information, including a return point map, eligible drink containers, and how to apply to become a donation partner, visit: