Penrith residents have returned more than 186 million containers since Return and Earn launched in December 2017 and, to further support local residents a new reverse vending machine (RVM) has now opened at Caddens Corner Shopping Centre.
“It’s great to see that Penrith residents are enthusiastic recyclers which has contributed towards more than $18.6 million in refunds back into the hands of NSW communities,” Stuart Ayres said.
“The opening of this new RVM brings the total number of return points in the Penrith LGA to 18 which is a real win for the local community, providing them with even greater access and convenience.”
Users of the Caddens Corner machine have the option to print a voucher for the refund amount, redeemable for cash at Woolworths; they can opt for an e-voucher or payment into their PayPal account by downloading the MyTOMRA app before visiting; or they can choose to donate some or all of their refund to one of the charity partners listed on the machine.
The Haven Women’s Shelter is currently featured as the local donation partner with all donations received helping fund their important work in the local community. Local recyclers can also choose to support the Royal Flying Doctor Service, as the statewide major donation partner.
“More than $18.6 million has been raised through the scheme so far for charities and community groups state-wide via donations and fees from hosting return points. In the Penrith area, local charities and schools are increasingly using the scheme to raise much-needed funds,” Stuart Ayres 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.”
The new Caddens Corner 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 Caddens Corner RVM is located at Caddens Corner Shopping Centre, O’Connell Street, Kingswood and is open from 7am to 7pm daily.
For more information on Return and Earn including checking container eligibility or the status of your nearest return point, visit: www.returnandearn.org.au.