Return and earn scheme proving popular in the Hunter despite lack of collection points

Posted on 04/25/2020

Hunter recyclershave taken to the NSW Government’s container deposit scheme collecting over $750,000 in the firsttwo months.
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POPULAR: The Mayfield return and earn collection point had a line of people wanting to redeem their 10c refunds on Friday, including Steven Sewell (left) and Nathan Robinson (far right). Picture: Simone De Peak.

Over 7.5million containers have been returned in the Hunter since the introduction of the scheme on December 1 –part of the 71millioncollected in NSW.

The Mount Hutton collection point has shot past first-month leaders, Medowie and Mayfield, as the leading point of return with over 1.24million containers.

Butwhile the return and earn concept appears to be proving popular, two major problems are hampering its operation,according to those who are using it.

The first, available collection points, has drawn criticism from the state opposition; while the second, out-of-order reverse vending machines (RVM), is irkingusers trying to play their part.

“They’re very limited,” 44-year-old Nathan Robinson said of the Hunter’s available redemptionpoints whenreturning containers at Mayfield on Friday.

“They’ve put the cart before the horse, in terms of the scheme and not making sure the infrastructure was in place before they started it.”

Mr Robinson travelled from The Hill in Newcastle to theclosest RVM at Mayfield, where he faced a half-hour wait to use the machine.He had gone to the collection point before, but found it either full or out of order.

Mayfield @NSWGovCDS proving popular, a line up with a variety of return quantities. #NSW#[email protected]#returnandearnpic.twitter老域名购买/V9OLMPAE5J

— Max McKinney (@MaxMckinney) February 2, 2018It’s a great concept, but there’s just not enough locations.

Return and earn user Steven SewellHerald, despite suggesting to a radio station last week Maitland would receive aRVMin February.

“There are more than 365 collection points across NSW, with more to be rolled out in the weeks to come,” an EPA spokesperson said. “The CDS network operator, TOMRA Cleanaway, is deploying teams daily across NSW to review potential Return and Earn sites.”

A new RVM arrived atNewcastle International Hockey Centre in Broadmeadow over the weekend,but is yet to be made operational.