Don’t can that can: recycling now pays off

KEEP 'EM COMING: Recycling cans and bottles can now earn you cash.
KEEP 'EM COMING: Recycling cans and bottles can now earn you cash.

The NSW Government’s Return and Earn container deposit scheme has been in place for less than two months, but already south-west Sydney has emerged as one of the state’s top recyclers.

Millions of containers have been returned via south-west Sydney’s 13 collection point since December 1, 2017.

The most popular collection point is Casula Woolworths with almost 600,000 containers deposited. At 10 cents per container, that’s more than $60,000 worth of refunds delivered to the community.

Whether you have donated your refund to charity, used it for the weekly shop, or are saving for something bigger, you are helping to create a cleaner and more sustainable western Sydney.

If you haven’t had a chance to try the return and earn process, why not visit one of your local facilities?

Current collection points include: Woolworths, Casula; IGA, Austral; Woolworths, Horningsea Park; Friendly Grocer, Hoxton Park; Platinum Shine Carwash, Casula; Lockwood Carpets, Moorebank; Peter Francis Scrap Metal, Warwick Farm; BP, Chipping Norton; Colden Crown Carwash, Canley Vale; Glow Car Wash Café, Cabramatta; Dipan Carwash, Liverpool; Yennora Newsagency, Old Guildford; and 5 Steps Carwash, Villawood.

If you don’t have a collection point close to you, don’t worry, more will be rolled out over the coming months, and the Return and Earn process will become even easier and more convenient to use.

When collecting containers remember they must be empty, uncrushed, unbroken and have the original label intact. Most 150ml to 3-litre drink containers including soft drink cans, water bottles and beer bottles are eligible for the 10 cent refund.

Because Return and Earn is designed to reduce litter, bottles usually used in the home, including wine bottles, cordial and milk containers, do not receive a 10c refund.

You should recycle these bottles via your yellow-lidded kerbside bin.

Councils continue to collect containers via the yellow-lidded kerbside bins, and residents can continue to recycle beverage containers this way. If you put eligible containers in kerbside recycling, the refunds may go towards improved waste services in your area.

For more information: returnandearn.org.au.

  • Cr Stephen Bali, president, WSROC

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