Peakhurst locals continue to show an extraordinary response to the NSW Container Deposit Scheme, with nearly 3.5 million eligible containers returned through the Peakhurst Return and Earn Centre in less than 18 months.
“I am absolutely thrilled that so many locals are using the Return and Earn Centre at Peakhurst. This scheme plays an important role in reducing waste and preventing nearly 3.5 million containers from entering landfill or our waterways,” Mr Coure said.
“Local residents’ participation is helping to protect our local environment while also putting money back into their pockets.”
The Peakhurst facility is one of 12 Return and Earn Centres across the state and features six reverse vending machines in an air-conditioned indoor facility.
There are 10 return points in the Georges River area, that have returned over 65 million drink containers since the scheme was launched in December 2017.
“It was my pleasure to welcome Minister for the Environment and Heritage, James Griffin to our local area to tour the amazing automated Return and Earn facility on Boundary Road in Peakhurst.” Mr Coure said.
Return and Earn has also become an increasingly important fundraising channel. More than $30 million has been raised for community groups and charities via donations and return point hosting fees since the scheme launched.
Anyone using a Return and Earn machine in the Georges River area can donate some or all of their refund to Project Youth, and in doing so will help young people aged 12–24 across Sutherland Shire, Georges River and Bayside.
The Peakhurst Return and Earn Centre is located at 139 Boundary Road, Peakhurst and is open from 7am to 7pm Monday to Saturday and 9am to 6pm on Sunday.
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For more information on Return and Earn visit: www.returnandearn.org.au.