More than $700 million in container refunds have now been earned by New South Wales (NSW) residents through the Return and Earn scheme, as the state reaches the 7 billion drink container mark.
The Return and Earn program encourages NSW residents to exchange bottles, cans and cartons to be recycled, for a monetary refund, with every eligible bottle or carton worth 10 cents. Currently there are over 600 Return and Earn return points across the state.
Since its launch in December 2017, the scheme has achieved a 52 per cent reduction in the volume of drink container litter in NSW and delivered more than 625,000 tonnes in recycled materials.
Environment Minister James Griffin said Return and Earn has well and truly become part of life in NSW with 78 per cent of adults having participated and two-thirds of participants doing so once a month or more.
“Not only is it having a measurable environmental impact with two in every three containers supplied in NSW redeemed through the scheme for recycling, Return and Earn has also become a stalwart of community fundraising activities in NSW,” Griffin said.
More than $30 million has been raised for charities such as PCYC (Police Citizens Youth Cubs) NSW, the Starlight Foundation and community groups via donations and fees since the scheme started.
Griffin said the program has proven to be effective in promoting recycling across NSW.
“Return and Earn is an inspiring example of how small changes to our routine can have a significant collective impact,” he said.
For more information on the Return and Earn scheme, click here.