More than 50 million drink containers have been returned through the Return and Earn recycling program since it began in December 2017.
NSW Environment Protection Authority Acting Chair and CEO Mark Gifford said daily returns are averaging 1.5 million drink containers. Weekends tend to be the busiest times for returns, with last Sunday peaking at over 1.8 million returns.
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“People wanting to return large numbers of containers can also go straight to the nearest automated depot.”
There are now 349 collection points across NSW with more in development. New sites include Griffith North, Port Macquarie, Fairfield, Bathurst and Campbelltown.
The most popular reverse vending machines are at Emerton, Casula, Granville, Revesby and Prospect, which have each received more than one million containers since the scheme began.