A new Return and Earn automated depot was launched in Matraville on Monday 22 March 2021 by Randwick Mayor Danny Said, Tracy Mackey, CEO of the NSW Environment Protection Authority, David Singh, CEO of ReGroup and James Dorney, CEO of Return and Earn network operator TOMRA Cleanaway.
“Randwick City Council residents are enthusiastic recyclers, having already returned more than 35.9 million containers since Return and Earn launched in December 2017," Mr Dorney said. "The opening of the Eastern Suburbs Return and Earn automated depot is a real win for the local community, bringing the total number of return points in the Randwick LGA to 11, giving residents greater access and convenience."
Located at Unit 20/61-67 Beauchamp Road, Matraville, the automated depot is a staffed specialist return and recycling centre which accepts any volume of containers, big or small.
“The container deposit legislation and Return and Earn Scheme has been successful across the whole state, but particularly in Randwick City,” said Randwick Mayor Danny Said. “From July to December 2020, in the height of the pandemic and lockdown, Randwick City residents returned a staggering 7,495,016 containers across our LGA vending machines.
“What is so powerful about Return & Earn is that it puts a price on our waste. It turns a bottle or a can from being a piece of rubbish into a commodity with a price on it. And it makes people value that item as not just a single use, but a resource that can be recycled and the raw material used again,” stated Mayor Said.
“By using this return point, in combination with your household recycling collection, we can all do our bit to reduce the millions of containers that are littered in the NSW environment each year while also being rewarded for our efforts,” said Mr Dorney.
Tracy Mackey, CEO of the NSW Environment Protection Authority said this new return point is one of more than 620 return points available across the State and congratulated local residents for being such strong contributors to the more than 5 billion containers returned through the scheme in just over 3 years.
“The growth of Return and Earn has been phenomenal, delivering strong environmental, community and economic benefits to NSW.
“More than $18.2 million has been raised through the scheme so far for charities and community groups via donations and revenue state-wide. In the Randwick region, local charities and schools are increasingly using the scheme to raise much-needed funds,” Ms Mackey said.
The new automated return point is open from 9am to 5pm Monday to Friday, 9am to 4pm on Saturdays and 10am to 4pm on Sundays and also offers a new container collection service, Re-collect. The container collection service is available for businesses, schools and even from your home.
For more information on Return and Earn including checking container eligibility or the status of your nearest return point, visit: www.returnandearn.org.au.
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