Mayfield reverse vending machine one of state's first

COMING SOON: Taylor Martin MLC at the future reverse vending machine site outside Woolworths Mayfield.
COMING SOON: Taylor Martin MLC at the future reverse vending machine site outside Woolworths Mayfield.

MAYFIELD will host one of NSW’s first reverse vending machines, the state government has revealed. 

Taylor Martin MLC announced the kiosk would be placed outside the Woolworths supermarket ahead of the beginning of a bottle return scheme coming into force from December 1. 

The reverse vending machines will act as collection points in the Return and Earn collection program, with some containers between 150ml and three litres eligible. 

The containers must not be crushed or broken, and require the original label to earn a refund. 

“It will be a game-changer,” Mr Martin said of the machine. “It will make a major contribution to helping the NSW Government reach its goal to reduce litter volume by 40 per cent by 2020.”

People will be able to choose to donate their refund directly to selected charities or transfer it to their designated account.

It can also be redeemed for cash from Woolworths or used as a credit voucher. 

Environment Minister Gabrielle Upton said the rollout was starting now because it was a massive logistical exercise.

“This is proof that Return and Earn is coming to a suburb or town near all of us,” she said. “There are plenty more to be installed across the state in the coming weeks.”

Other locations will be finalised in the coming weeks.