Surf Life Saving NSW announces new Return and Earn sites

Surf Life Saving NSW has revealed more than 70 surf clubs across the state have signed up to become donation sites for the NSW Government’s Return and Earn Container Deposit Scheme.

In partnership with Envirobank Recycling, community members can take eligible drink containers within the scheme to a local surf club and donate the 10-cent per container proceeds to Surf Life Saving. It is expected that more of the 129 Surf Life Saving Clubs in NSW will become donation sites throughout 2018.

Environment Minister Gabrielle Upton said the Surf Life Saving donation sites are a smart way for charities to benefit from the scheme.

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“Not only do surf club donation sites enable people to help one of the state’s largest volunteer community organisations, they also provide additional and convenient drink container collection points for everyone.”

CEO of Surf Life Saving NSW Steven Pearce said the program has provided an entirely new way for club and community members to raise funds for the vital services provided by volunteer surf lifesavers.

“For every drink container donated by a member of the public, eight cents goes directly to the local surf club where the containers are deposited. The remaining two cents will be used by Surf Life Saving NSW to fund community education programs, help train lifesavers and provide vital lifesaving and rescue equipment to our clubs,” Mr Pearce said.

“Thanks to the generosity of our members and the community, if we capture just a fraction of the estimated 1.6 billion drink containers to be recycled over the next 20 years through the scheme, I have no doubt it has the potential to become a long-term source of fundraising,” he said.

According to Narelle Anderson, Managing Director and founder of Envirobank Recycling, in other states where container deposit schemes are already operational, charitable donations comprise the major component of the public’s reimbursements.

“Envirobank has been a long-term network operator in the Northern Territory scheme and it’s evident the program is much more than a litter collection initiative,” she said.

“With the right partnerships in place the scheme has the potential to raise substantial funds for many charities that deliver the vital services we need in our communities.”

 How Surf Life Saving Club Donation sites will work:

  • Participating Surf Life Saving Clubs will host secure and safe donation ‘cages’.
  • Club and community members will be provided environmentally-friendly and protective bags made from recycled PET to collect and store containers at home, school and/or work.
  • At club-designated times, community members can bring collected containers to the local surf club for drop-off and donation.
  • When cages are full, Envirobank Recycling will send a mobile collection truck to collect all containers and empty the cages. Donation proceeds will be recorded with Surf Life Saving NSW who will dispense the funds to the participating clubs.
  • Clubs will accept aluminium cans and plastic PET bottles. Containers must be empty with lids off.

Operational Donation Sites from Monday 22 January, 2018:

  • Birubi Point SLSC
  • Bulli SLSC
  • Cape Hawke SLSC
  • Cooks Hills SLSC
  • Forster SLSC
  • Gerringong SLSC
  • Killcare SLSC
  • Ocean Beach SLSC
  • Scarborough Wombarra SLSC
  • Shellharbour SLSC
  • Warilla Barrack Point SLSC
  • Woolgoolga SLSC

Eight new Return and Earn collection points to open

Eight new collection points are set to open in NSW this week, bringing the total number of Return and Earn sites for the state to more than 300.

Millions of eligible containers have been returned since December 1, with people from all parts of NSW participating in the container deposit scheme. As of Friday morning, 5 January, a total of 22 million containers have been returned.

NSW Environment Protection Authority Chief Environmental Regulator Mark Gifford said the new collection points would enable even more people to return their eligible containers and claim the 10c deposit.

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“The number of returned containers is growing each week as people around NSW get behind the scheme and do the right thing by the environment with their used containers,” Mr Gifford said.

“Now even more people can get involved, with new collection points in Tamworth, Griffith, Armidale, the Hunter, Bankstown and more – the scheme is rolling out to all corners of the state.”

Mr Gifford said the total number of returns is expected to reach 25 million early next week. He said these are huge numbers and show just how popular the scheme is.

“And it’s not just people returning containers – the scheme operator TOMRA-Cleanaway is receiving lots of applications from the community and local businesses to host reverse vending machines and collection points.

“With more collection points opening even more people can get involved, which ultimately goes towards our aim of reducing litter in our environment.”

The eight new sites with reverse vending machines are all expected to be operational over the weekend and are as follows:

  • Kurri Golf Club, Clift Street, Heddon Greta
  • Bankstown Plaza, South Terrace, Bankstown
  • Carlo’s SUPA IGA Tamworth, Tamworth Shopping Village
  • Carter Street Cricket Grounds, Tamworth
  • Carter Street Softball Grounds, Tamworth
  • University of NSW, Kensington
  • Griffith Food Works, Banna Avenue, Griffith
  • Armidale Recycling Centre, 108 Long Swamp Road, Armidale
  • Another three sites are set to open soon in Edgeworth, Casino, and north Griffith.

As well as claiming the 10c refund at the collection points, people can choose to donate that 10c to one of the first four Return and Earn donation partners: Cancer Council, St Vincent de Paul, Surf Life Saving NSW and Planet Ark.

For more information on the scheme, a map of collection points and a list of eligible drink containers, visit Return and Earn.

Return and Earn collection points mapped out

Collection points for NSW’s container deposit scheme, Return and Earn, have been mapped out on its website. 

Under the scheme, people in NSW will be able to return most empty beverage containers between 150 ml and three litres to collection points for a 10-cent refund.

There will be more than 200 collection points across NSW when Return and Earn launches on 1 December 2017.

Collection points include reverse vending machines, over-the-counter sites such as cafes, small grocers and news agencies and automated depots for high volumes of returns.

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Refunds can be received as cash, digital payment, in-store credit or a charity donation.

Environment Minister Gabrielle Upton said more collection points will be finalised as the scheme rolls out.

“This is the first step in rolling out more than 500 collection points across NSW,” Ms Upton said.

The new myTOMRA app for smartphones is also slated to allow container refunds to be deposited securely into registered PayPal accounts.

To receive the electronic refund, a person claiming the refund simply needs to scan a barcode from the app under the barcode reader on the front of the reverse vending machines before depositing the containers.

Other refund options include donating the refund to a charity or community group and printing out a refund docket that can be exchanged for cash or redeemed on in-store purchases at the local retail partner.