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Expansion of 48 new Return and Earn locations under TOMRA Cleanaway Contract

The NSW Government has committed to opening a number of new Return and Earn points across the State, with network operator TOMRA Cleanaway set to undertake the initiative.

Member for Oatley, Mark Coure said, that the Return and Earn program has seen fantastic community engagement, with a number of well-functioning locations established throughout the electorate.

“Carss Park, Hurstville and Grandviews in Peakhurst are among some of the area’s most popular Return and Earn locations. This new contract will ensure that these machines continue to be properly maintained, so that they can support the recycling needs of the community,” Mr Coure said.

“I believe the Return and Earn program is one of the State’s best environmental initiatives, with over 600 return points across NSW, 330 of which are Reverse Vending Machines. A new 48 return points across NSW is certainly welcome.”

Minister for Environment, James Griffin said, the container deposit scheme has seen more than 7.4 billion containers returned since it began in 2017 and millions of dollars returned to the people of NSW and charities.

“Return and Earn started out as a litter prevention program, and it has succeeded in that, achieving a 52 per cent reduction in the volume of drink container litter and recycling more than 672,000 tonnes in materials,” Minister Griffin said.

“Return and Earn is the circular economy in action. It’s helping us clean up our environment and fundamentally shifting the way people think about used drink containers.”

More than 78 per cent of adults have used Return and Earn, and two-thirds do so once a month or more. The scheme is set to deliver real, positive change to the environment as well as charities and community groups who directly benefit from donations.

More information on Return and Earn is available at www.returnandearn.org.au.