Community groups can cash in on container deposit scheme

Jack Cunich will receive 10 cents for every aluminum can he collects from 1 December.
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.

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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.
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 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.
Jack Cunich is looking forward to the container deposit scheme.

2 thoughts on “Community groups can cash in on container deposit scheme

  1. its unfortunate that due to grey areas (complete oversights) Jack here WONT be able to take any
    can, bottle, etc that was purchased prior to DEC 1st 2017. so the MILLIONS of containers already in and around our Oceans, Lakes, Roads, Highways, Parks, Bushland, DO NOT apply for the 10c refund scheme to my understanding, I’m waiting for a confirmation email from the EPA but the last one took over 2 months…..

  2. Jack will loose his earnings as ordinary citizens will have to keep their cans and bottles to take hem back to the shop to get their money back. Shoppers will get pissed off by the new obligation, Drinks will be 10-20% more expensive due to new added costs to manage the deposit scheme, and the company who sells the machine to collect the cans and bottles (which by the way is not Australian but Norwegian) will make a fortune. That is the reality.

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