More than $3.48 million in container refunds have now been earned by local residents through Return and Earn as the Central Coast reaches the 348 million drink container mark.
Parliamentary Secretary for the Central Coast Adam Crouch said Return and Earn has well and truly become part of life in New South Wales with 78 per cent of adults having participated and two-thirds of participants doing so once a month or more.
“Across the Central Coast we have 30 active return points, with over 348,550,000 containers returned across the region since the scheme commenced in 2017,” Mr Crouch said.
“Bateau Bay return vending machine has been the most popular across out region with over 25 million containers received over the life of the scheme.
“Return and Earn has been so successful because it hits that sweet spot of improving our environment and delivering direct economic wins to the community.
“Not only is it having a measurable environmental impact with two in every three containers supplied in NSW redeemed through the scheme for recycling, Return and Earn has also become a stalwart of community fundraising activities in NSW.
“It’s encouraging that thousands of schools, community groups, charities and sporting clubs are making Return and Earn the new ‘sausage sizzle’, helping raise much needed funds for their own projects and causes.
“Return and Earn is an inspiring example of how small changes to our routine can have a significant collective impact.”
Return and Earn is a partnership between the NSW Government, scheme coordinator Exchange for Change and network operator TOMRA Cleanaway. Launched in December 2017 it has become the state’s largest litter initiative.
More information on Return and Earn is available at www.returnandearn.org.au.