10 billion containers recycled

NSW recyclers achieved an incredible environmental milestone on 15 September, celebrating a staggering 10 billion bottles and cans recycled through the Return and Earn scheme since it launched in December 2017.

The people of NSW have received $1 billion in container refunds, helping families with hip pocket pressures and raising $47 million for charities and local community groups.

Two out of every three eligible drink containers supplied in NSW are now redeemed through the scheme, increasing recycling rates and reducing the beverage industry’s reliance on virgin plastic, glass and aluminium.

As a result, NSW has seen more than 923,500 tonnes of materials recycled, saving enough water to fill 23,400 Olympic swimming pools and enough energy to power 110,000 Aussie homes for a year.

The Return and Earn network has grown in size and convenience as more communities and businesses have gotten on board, with 620 return points now available across the state.

Consumer research shows more than 80 per cent of NSW adults have made visiting their local return point part of their recycling routine.

Return and Earn is delivered in partnership between the NSW Government, scheme coordinator Exchange for Change and network operator TOMRA Cleanaway, and is funded by the beverage industry.