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May 12, 2021

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Kids celebrating the installation of the ‘Return and Earn’ vending machines. Photo supplied.

Tying in with major retailer Woolworths the NSW Return and Earn container deposit scheme being rolled out by the Environment Protection Authority (EPA) has installed a reverse vending machine kiosk in Lismore at Humbly Oval on Brewster Street.

If you want to return an eligible drink containers you can then redeem the refund for cash from Woolworths supermarkets or use a credit voucher towards  shopping at Woolworths across NSW (except Metro branded Woolworths stores). If you are more charitably inclined you can donate your 10-cent per container refund directly to selected charities or transfer it to their designated account.

Chair and CEO of the EPA Barry Buffier said the ‘Return and Earn will make a major contribution to helping us achieve the Premier’s Priority of reducing litter volume by 40 per cent by 2020.’

‘It will also provide people with a financial incentive to do the right thing and recycle, to significantly reduce the estimated 160 million drink containers littered every year.’

Drink containers eligible for the 10-cent refund include most containers between 150ml and three litres. Containers should not be crushed or broken and should have the original label attached to be eligible for the refund.

For more information, visit Return and Earn or click here.


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