NSW EPA celebrates fourth year of recycling program

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The New South Wales Environment Protection Authority is celebrating the fourth birthday of its Return and Earn program, which has helped to redirect 595,000 tonnes of waste to recycling.

Under the program, eligible containers, bottles, cans and cartons are able to be submitted to over 600 Return and Earn return points across New South Wales. Depending on the volume of waste returned, participants ae able to receive a refund, with ever eligible bottle, can or carton worth 10 cents.

During its four years, the program has returned than 6.5 million drink containers since 1 December 2017, with NSW recyclers returning on average more than 40 million containers per week.

Additionally, more than $28.4 million has been returned to charities and not-for-profits through the scheme via donations and fees from hosting return points.

The Return and Earn program can also be applied for applications such as schools, sports clubs, community groups and businesses, allowing them to seek a return on eligible recyclable products.

To learn more about the program, click here.


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