Community groups can cash in on container deposit scheme FEATURED MidCoast LGA (overall news) Photo Gallery by News Of The Area - Modern Media - July 20, 2017 Jack Cunich will receive 10 cents for every aluminum can he collects from 1 December. IN just over four months, Jack Cunich could be sitting on a gold mine, thanks to the NSW Government’s container deposit scheme. Modern Media: Advertise with News Of The Area and you get your ad in 1) in Print, 2) on the News Website (like this ad), and 3) on our Social Media news site. A much more efficient way to advertise. Reach a HUGE audience for a LOW price TODAY! Call us on 02 4983 2134. Or [email protected] Or CLICK FOR ADVERT QUOTE Under the new program, Jack will be rewarded with more than $6 for every kilogram of aluminium cans he redeems, up from the 70 cents a kilogram he currently receives. Jack said his desire to protect the environment inspired him to set up a mini community recycling system a few years ago, with the added bonus of earning some extra pocket money. “So many things that can be recycled get thrown out with the rubbish or left behind in parks, so every little bit you do helps the environment,” he said. “Our neighbours and friends now save all their aluminium cans and once I get about 5,000, I take them to the scrap metal recyclers in Newcastle and cash them in.” Jack said he will be expanding his recycling project to include all eligible PET, glass, steel and aluminium drink containers later in the year. Member for Myall Lakes, Stephen Bromhead, said the scheme will provide a funding bonanza for community groups and charities. ‘‘These groups already do great work in our communities, so I’m sure that this great new fundraising opportunity will be welcome,’’ he said. ‘‘Every year in NSW around 160 million drink containers are tossed into our environment, making up about 49 per cent of all litter volume, and costing about $180 million to clean up.” From 1 December, anyone who hands in an eligible drink bottle or container at a designated collection point will be rewarded with a 10 cent refund, Mr Bromhead said the scheme is expected to almost halve the millions of empty bottles and cans left at NSW parks, beaches and waterways within the next three years. More details about the scheme, including how and where to redeem eligible containers, will be made available in the coming months. By Daniel SAHYOUN Collecting aluminum cans provides some extra pocket money for Jack Cunich. Jack Cunich set up a mini recycling system to help protect the environment. (left)Jack Cunich collects cans from his neighbours to be recycled. (right) Jack Cunich is looking forward to the container deposit scheme.