Two new return and earn machines have been announced for Nelson Bay and Tanilba Bay from Saturday, May 19.
The reverse-vending machines will allow residents to reclaim 10 cents for returned drink containers at Coles on Beatty Boulacard at Tanilba Bay and at the Nelson Bay Bowling Club on Stockton Street, Nelson Bay.
The machines will be open from 7am to 10pm daily.
“People will be able to receive a docket redeemable for cash, an electronic transfer using PayPal or choose to donate their refund directly to charities at the machine,” Port Stephens Duty MLC Catherine Cusack said.
““Return and Earn is the largest litter reduction initiative to be introduced in NSW, and now there are more collection points for people to be involved.”
NSW Environment Minister Gabrielle Upton said the new collection points were two of more than 600 operational sites across the state, with more to be rolled out in the weeks to come.
The new machines will join over-the-counter collections at the Birubi Point Surf Life Saving Club at Anna Bay and the Nelson Bay Newsagency.
“There has been widespread community support for Return and Earn, with over 331 million containers returned across the state since December 1.” Said Ms Upton.
Most drink containers between 150ml and three litres are eligible for the 10c refund. Containers should be intact (not crushed or broken) and have a readable barcode to be eligible.
For more information, including a full list of eligible drink containers and opening hours for over-the-counter return locations, visit:www.returnandearn.org.au