Boxing Day busiest for Return and Earn

Thirteen million drink containers have been returned through the State’s Container Deposit Scheme, Return and Earn, in under a month of the scheme’s operation.

“Boxing Day was the busiest day for Return and Earn so far. Lots of people were out shopping, and lots of people were out returning their drink containers,” Environment Minister Gabrielle Upton said.

Over 870,000 drink containers were returned on Boxing Day to 312 collection points across the State.

“This has been a great start to the scheme and it is good to see so many people getting involved. Return and Earn will help reduce the 160 million bottles littered in our environment every year.”

Reverse vending machines in Casula, Emerton, Granville and Revesby continue to receive high returns, with more than 330,000 drink containers received at each site since the scheme started on 1 December.

Return and Earn continues to roll out, with reverse vending machines recently installed in Bathurst, Guyra, Dubbo, Coffs Harbour and Ballina.  

“The roll-out will continue this week and into the New Year with many more sites to be added in the coming weeks,” Ms Upton said. 

For more information on the scheme and a list of eligible drink containers, visit: