Heathcote Residents Ready to “Return and Earn”

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Exchange for Change and TOMRA-Cleanaway have been appointed to head NSW’s “Return and Earn” 10-cent Container Deposit Scheme due to roll out in December. The landmark agreements will see Exchange for Change and TOMRA-Cleanaway appointed as the Scheme Coordinator and Network Operator respectively.

This is the biggest initiative to tackle litter in the state’s history – it will be easy to use, accessible and good for the environment. It will make a huge difference to the amount of rubbish on our streets, parks and waterways across our community.

The scheme’s main features include:

• More than 500 collection points across the state, including in remote towns of more than 500 people and at 270 sites across the Greater Sydney Region
• The network will include more than 800 reverse vending machines across NSW
• The 10-cent refund will be provided as either cash, electronic transfer or a voucher for in store redemption
• Eligible containers included most glass, cans, plastic and paperboard drink containers between 150 millilitres and three litres – those often found in the litter stream.

The Scheme Coordinator will ensure the refund is paid through the network Operator. The Network Operator will run a network of collection points across the state, including more than 800 reverse vending machines.

The large-scale roll out of reverse vending machines is a first for Australia.

Eligible drink containers can be refunded for 10-cents from 1 December when Return and Earn commences. For more information visit: http://www.epa.nsw.gov.au/waste/container-deposit-scheme.htm.

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