Push to get machines that convert trash into treasure in the shire

A new Return and Earn recycling machine will be at Spring Farm Woolworths from December 1. Councillor Michael Banasik wants to see them rolled out across the shire. Picture: Chris Lane
A new Return and Earn recycling machine will be at Spring Farm Woolworths from December 1. Councillor Michael Banasik wants to see them rolled out across the shire. Picture: Chris Lane

In an effort to reduce roadside litter, councillor Michael Banasik wants towns in Wollondilly to get the state government’s new reverse vending machines.

The container deposit scheme, Return and Earn, allows residents to recycle their discarded drink bottles and get a refund.

The government has partnered with supermarket giants Woolworths to deliver the scheme.

Cr Banasik would like to see one in Woolworths at Tahmoor. The store is negotiating installing a machine.

“We used to have a similar scheme when I was a kid,” Cr Banasik said.

“I bought my first bike using the money I raised from recycling cans and bottles.

“I’m glad it has come back.

“This is a big tick for the state government.”

Cr Banasik said he would like to see the scheme eventually expanded so other businesses, charities or community groups could house a machine.

“There is only one Woolworths in the shire,” he said.

“Someone from Warragamba is obviously not going to come down to Tahmoor to recycle their cans for a refund.

“I will push for the government to partner with other retailers and I am sure other community organisations would take the project on as a fundraiser.”

The scheme will start on December 1 and aims to halve the number of bottles and cans thrown away in parks, beaches and waterways.

Under the scheme, consumers will be able to return eligible beverage containers for recycling in exchange for a 10 cent refund.

Woolworths in Spring Farm was the first shop to receive a machine.

Woolworths will host up to 180 refund collection points at supermarkets across the state.

Environment Minister Gabrielle Upton said the retail partnership meant the scheme would be accessible and easy for people to return their empty containers and receive their refund.

“This is the first step in rolling out more than 500 collection points across NSW – the roll out of reverse vending machines as part of a state-wide scheme is a first for Australia,” she said.

Aldi will participate by selling containers that are eligible for a refund via network operator TOMRA’s collection points at Woolworths supermarkets.

Anyone who hands in eligible drink bottle containers to kiosks at designated sites across the state can choose to donate their 10 cent refund to selected charities or receive the refund via a registered account.

Under the arrangement, customers will be able to use a credit voucher from the kiosks towards their shopping at Woolworths or redeem their cash in stores.

Details: www.returnandearn.org.au