2 million drink containers returned in just seven days
The first week of the state’s Container Deposit Scheme, Return and Earn, has had an overwhelming response with more than 2 million drink containers returned.
“I want to thank everyone who has returned their drink containers and got involved in the scheme,” Ms Upton said.
“Return and Earn is all about giving people an incentive to recycle their drink containers so they don’t end up littering our communities and waterways.”
Reverse vending machines in Mayfield, Casula, Medowie, Spring Farm, Granville and Emerton have all received more than 60,000 drink containers each since Friday, 1 December.
The number of returns is increasing with Wednesday and Thursday recording the highest returns for the week. The peak time for returns has also been around lunch time each day.
The breakdown of drink containers returned to reverse vending machines by their material are:
- Aluminium – 53 per cent
- Glass – 24 per cent
- PET Plastic – 21 per cent
- Liquid Paperboard – 0.7 per cent
- High density poly-ethylene (HDPE) – 1.2 per cent
About 83 per cent of people are choosing the payment option for a receipt for cash at a local retail partner or an in-store credit from a local retail partner, about 17 per cent are using PayPal as an electronic transfer and about 0.5 per cent are donating the refund to selected charities on the reverse vending machines.
“This is just the start – I expect the scheme to take off even further once community groups and charities get more involved in Return and Earn,” Ms Upton said.
Most drink containers between 150mls and three litres will be eligible for a refund. Eligible drink containers have been selected based on those most commonly found in the NSW litter stream and to align with schemes in SA and the NT.
For more information and a list of eligible drink containers, visit: www.returnandearn.org.au.