The new Reverse Vending Centre (RVC) in Guildford gives residents an all-weather option with more capacity to recycle their bottles and cans.
The air-conditioned Return and Earn facility, developed in partnership with scheme technology provider TOMRA Collection Solutions, has six indoor reverse vending machines and a new local charity partner for recyclers to choose from.
TOMRA Cleanaway chief executive James Dorney, the network operator for Return and Earn, said Fairfield residents are "enthusiastic recyclers" with more than 121 million containers recycled since Return and Earn launched in December 2017.
"And our new-format return sites provide locals with even greater access and convenience," he said.
"More than $15.5 million has been returned through the scheme for charities and community groups via fees and donations since the commencement of Return and Earn. In the Greater Western Sydney region, local charities and schools are increasingly using Return and Earn to raise much-needed funds."
Consumers receive a 10c refund for each eligible bottle or can they return, or they can choose to donate their refund to one of the charity partners listed on the machine.
Brothers in Need is one of the charities featured on the machines at the Guildford RVC, as well as OzHarvest, The Salvation Army and Beyond Blue.
Brothers in Need managing director Dean Mousad said: This year has affected so many Australians around the nation, and like many charities, we have remained at the forefront of helping individuals in need. This scheme is a fantastic opportunity for us to gain critical funding and we encourage all Sydneysiders to donate whatever they can when returning their bottles.
Return and Earn currently averages over 40 million containers returned for recycling each week via its more than 600 network of return points across the state.
The new Guildford return point is located at Unit 2, 194 Military Road and is open from 7am to 7pm Monday to Saturday and 9am to 6pm on Sunday.
- Details: returnandearn.org.au.