Oxley contributes as Return and Earn reaches three billion containers

Return and Earn has now soared past three billion containers returned state-wide just a month after the second anniversary of the initiative.

Member for Oxley Melinda Pavey said people should be commended for their ongoing commitment to reducing litter and contributing locally to the impressive total.

"The growth of the scheme has been phenomenal and highlights a fundamental change in people's thinking and behaviour around litter," Mrs Pavey said.

"Return and Earn has been very successful in Oxley with more than 38.3 million containers returned helping to contribute to the 3 billion now collected."

Mrs Pavey said summer was peak season for return and earners cashing in their containers and helping the environment and the recent holiday period was particularly impressive for returned containers.

"Statewide between 21 December 2019 and 13 January 2020, there were 10 days with more than seven million drink containers returned a day, including four days with over eight million containers returned.

"The scheme has highlighted so many positives across communities and every bottle returned is a win for the environment."

Until 23 February recyclers in NSW can donate to Bottles-for-the Bush on all reverse vending machines with 10 cents from each container going towards helping farmers and rural families impacted by the drought and the recent bushfire devastation.

This option is part of a nationwide appeal that has raised more than $430,000 so far with more than $360,000 coming through NSW's Return and Earn scheme.

Return and Earn includes around 640 return points across NSW including reverse vending machines, staffed automated depots and over the counter sites. For more information about Return and Earn, visit www.returnandearn.org.au.

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