Peakhurst residents have achieved real outcomes for the environment, returning almost 2.5 million eligible containers through their local Peakhurst Return and Earn Centre in just over a year.
Local MP Mark Coure acknowledged the success of the newest Centre as it celebrated its first birthday.
“I’m proud to say the Georges River community are enthusiastic recyclers, having returned more than 65 million drink containers for recycling through Return and Earn since it launched in December 2017,” Mr Coure said.
“Our community’s participation is helping reduce litter and landfill in our local environment while also putting money back into their pockets.”
The Peakhurst Return and Earn Centre features six reverse vending machines in an air-conditioned indoor facility. It is one of 10 return points in the Georges River.
“Return and Earn Centres like Peakhurst are the latest return point innovation for Return and Earn, making it easy and convenient to return your eligible bottles and cans whatever the weather,” Mr Coure said.
Return and Earn has 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. Project Youth supports young people aged 12–24 across Sutherland Shire, Georges River and Bayside.
Its programs focus on housing and homelessness, education and training, and early intervention to help vulnerable youth achieve their potential and thrive.
The one-year-old 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.
More than 7 billion drink containers have now been returned for recycling through Return and Earn’s network of 620+ return points across NSW since the scheme launched in 2017, resulting in over $700 million in refunds back in the hands of the community.
For more information on Return and Earn visit: www.returnandearn.org.au.