State Member for Holsworthy, Melanie Gibbons cut the ribbon to a new automated depot return point at Prestons on Monday morning.
It comes after the NSW Government committed $196 million in the 2018 Budget to protect the health of the environment, reduce waste and strengthen recycling.
“The Premier has made it a priority to reduce the volume of litter by 40% by 2020, achieved through Return and Earn, Hey Tosser and council and community litter prevention grants,” Environment Minister Gabrielle Upton said.
The Return and Earn container deposit scheme offers 10 cent refunds for eligible drink containers.
“Return and Earn is the largest litter reduction initiative to be introduced in NSW, and I am delighted to open this new return point for Prestons,” Ms Gibbons said
“The Prestons container deposit centre, located on Avalli Road, includes carparking and is ideal for processing bulk returns and can even handle transactions of 500 containers or more.
“This is a perfect option during wet weather or if you don’t have time to wait in line at reverse vending machines. I am excited for the local community to now have access to this through a bulk depot as well.”
Ms Gibbons said the Prestons return point is run by Nepean Distributors which also manage a successful automated depot in Narellan.
Prestons Container Deposit Centre managing director Anthony Morrissey said: “We are so excited to open our second bulk collection point for the NSW container deposit scheme and can’t wait to offer this redemption service to the people of Liverpool, Fairfield and surrounding areas.”
There are other reverse vending machines at Woolworths Casula, Woolworths Horningsea Park and Lurnea Car Wash Café Club.
Drink containers eligible for the for refund include most containers between 150ml and three litres. However, containers must be intact and not crushed or broken with a readable barcode.
Residents are encouraged to yse recycling bins for ineligible drink containers.
- DETAILS: www.returnandearn.org.au
- The Prestons Container Deposit Centre is at 5 Avalli Road, Prestons.