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These items can be recycled.

These items cannot be recycled.

The Lismore City Council is opening a Return and Earn bulk collection point for people with 100+ eligible containers on Wednesday, 7 February at the Lismore Recycling & Recovery Centre in Wyrallah Road.

The facility will be open three days per week – Wednesday and Thursday from 7am to 4pm and Saturdays from 9am to 4pm.

The bulk collection point is aimed at businesses and community organisations who have collected bulk containers, but can be used by anyone with over 100 containers.

Lismore City Council Business Development Coordinator Danielle Hanigan said said the new facility was a great way for schools and sporting clubs to fundraise and make money for special projects, and teach students or members the value of recycling right in our community.

‘The bulk collection point will provide cash refunds only, or we can arrange direct deposits for groups or schools who will be recycling on a regular basis,’ she said.

Ms Hanigan reminded people that only eligible containers would acquire a refund. She said no crushed cans or broken bottles will be accepted, and urged patience at the new facility as it is expected to be busy.

‘We urge people to please only bring containers that are eligible for a refund or to recycle them responsibly,’ she said.

‘We expect the bulk collection to be used by a high volume of people and we urge patience. Because of behaviour we have seen in other areas we want to be clear with our community that we expect all visitors to be polite to staff and other patrons. We ask all visitors to act in a safe and responsible way and follow our traffic control and instructions at all times.’

Those visiting the bulk collection point will not have to go over the weighbridge. Simply follow the signage on-site at the Lismore Recycling & Recovery Centre.

Residents should also be aware that anyone who brings in more than 500 containers at one time will be required to complete a statutory declaration to state that the containers have been purchased within NSW.

Return and Earn rules
Containers cannot be broken or crushed, as the barcode must be able to be scanned by the counting machine. Any containers that are unable to be scanned will not be eligible for a refund.

Which containers can be returned for a refund?
Most 150ml to three-litre drink containers will be eligible for a 10-cent refund. Containers that may be eligible for a refund include:
Liquid paperboard (cartons)
Containers should be empty, uncrushed, unbroken and have the original label attached. Wine, spirits, cordial and plain milk containers are generally not eligible. If a container isn’t eligible for a refund, please place in your yellow recycling bin or in the recycling skips at the Brewster Street Drop-off Centre.

Which containers aren’t eligible for a refund?
Containers that cannot be deposited for a refund include:
Plain milk (or milk substitute) containers
Flavoured milk containers of one litre or more
Pure fruit or vegetable juice containers of one litre or more
Glass containers for wine and spirits
Casks (plastic bladders in boxes) for wine or water of one litre or more
Sachets for wine of 250ml or more
Containers for cordials and concentrated fruit/vegetable juices
Registered health tonics

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  1. It would be really helpful to know why some containers are NOT acceptable for return & refund. For instance: “Glass container for wine & spirits” – what is the reason for that?


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