Return and Earn collection point added at Coles Wadalba

REVERSE VENDING: Containers should be intact (not crushed or broken) and have a readable barcode to be eligible. Picture: Adam McLean
REVERSE VENDING: Containers should be intact (not crushed or broken) and have a readable barcode to be eligible. Picture: Adam McLean

THERE are now four Return and Earn container collection points in the area spanning Bonnells Bay to Wadalba, on the Central Coast.

Parliamentary Secretary for the Central Coast, Scot MacDonald, said a reverse vending machine for the Return and Earn container deposit scheme had been installed and was now online at Coles Wadalba, the first reverse vending machine in the former Wyong Shire.

“People will be able to choose to donate their refund directly to charities, receive a docket redeemable for cash, or an electronic transfer using PayPal at the machines,” Mr MacDonald said.

“Return and Earn is the largest litter reduction initiative to be introduced in NSW, and now the Wyong community can get involved.”

The other Return and Earn collection points in the area are at:

  • The Bay Hotel Motel (over the counter);
  • Coles Bonnells Bay (reverse vending machine); and
  • Lakes Surf Life Saving Club, Budgewoi (over the counter).

The surf club collection point operates fortnightly on Saturdays from 8am to midday, and the maximum number of containers in each transaction is 100.

“The NSW government is committed to the Return and Earn scheme and further reverse vending machines and other collection points will be developed across the Central Coast in the coming months,” Mr MacDonald said.

Environment Minister Gabrielle Upton said participation in the scheme was growing.

“There has been widespread community support for Return and Earn, with over 150 million containers returned across the state since December 1, 2017,” Ms Upton said.

More than 5 million containers have been returned to reverse vending machines on the Central Coast.

Most drink containers between 150ml and three litres are eligible for the 10c refund.

Containers don’t need to be pristine but they should be empty, uncrushed, unbroken and have the original label attached 

For more information, including a full list of eligible drink containers, visit returnandearn.org.au

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