TOMRA’s Markus Fraval highlights the early successes of Return and Earn, logistical challenges and lessons learnt less than a year out from the launch of the scheme.
More than 100,000 people have downloaded TOMRA’s recycling app linked with the NSW Return and Earn scheme.
The free app, called myTOMRA, shows the status with Reverse Vending Machines (RVM) in NSW and has partnered with digital payment provider PayPal.
- Return and Earn donations to help Tathra Bushfire Appeal
- Almost 100 million containers collected by NSW Return and Earn
- Return and Earn collection points mapped out
Users can scan their personal barcode at the RVM and claim money from returned containers electronically.
The app shows whether a RVM is open, almost full, temporarily unavailable, or in sleep mode during out of hours periods. It also includes a map which can direct users to the nearest RVM.
The Return and Earn scheme was implemented in NSW on 1 December and has seen more than 310 million containers returned since it launched. It aims to reduce the amount of litter across NSW by 40 per cent by 2020.
Consumers are able to claim a 10-cent refund when they return an eligible drink container to a collection point in NSW. Most 150 millilitre to three-litre drink containers made from plastic, glass, steel, liquid paperboard and aluminium are returnable.
TOMRA Cleanaway is the network operator for the scheme, with TOMRA providing the RVM technology and Cleanaway delivering the logistics and sorting for collected containers.