THE good people of the Tilligerry Peninsula now have their own Return and Earn Reverse Vending machine.
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The machine, located at the Tanilba Bay Coles supermarket, will save residents time and fuel as they will no longer need to drive their eligible recyclables to the already established Medowie, Tomaree or Raymond Terrace facilities.
The new addition to the local Return and Earn network will also take the pressure off of the other locations, allowing the population of each locality better access to their own facility.
The Return and Earn initiative gives back 10 cents for every eligible drink container, primarily glass and plastic bottles and cans, that is recycled.
To date, the initiative has recycled over 312 million containers which means $31.2 million has been paid out to the residents of NSW.
This kind of news is music to the ears of charities and community groups, including Tilligerry Peninsula’s own youth group, the Centre For Hope Drop in Centre.
Staff member Jamie Brewster told News Of The Area, “We’re very excited by this, as we are currently getting collecting bottles and cans and using the funds raised to create activities for local kids.”
“Club Lemon Tree have come on board, as well as a number of residents, by collecting their cans for us to pick up and put through the machines, and we are so grateful.”
“The fact we have our own machine means the added cost of having to travel elsewhere no longer exists,” he said.
Drink containers eligible for the 10-cent refund include most containers between 150ml and three litres.
Containers should not be crushed or broken and have the original label attached to be eligible for the refund.
Deputy Mayor Chris Doohan told News Of The Area, “This is great news for the people on the Tilligerry Peninsula, because they’ll now be able to recycle locally, saving them travel time and costs and ultimately helping the environment.”
“This, coupled with the new machine in Raymond Terrace will take a huge burden off the one in Medowie, and will dramatically reduce waiting times and line ups, and hopefully reinvigorate the system and it’s intentions in our town.”
By Rachael VAUGHAN