‘Return and Earn’ not close

The 'return and earn' deposit site at Yass is the closest for Upper Lachlan residents to the south. Moss Vale is the closest to the north. Photo from Yass Tribune.
The 'return and earn' deposit site at Yass is the closest for Upper Lachlan residents to the south. Moss Vale is the closest to the north. Photo from Yass Tribune.

In less than a week people will be able to return eligible containers to Woolworths Yass (Comer & Polding Street, Yass) and St Vincent de Paul Society (502a Argyle St, Moss Vale) in the Goulburn Electorate for a 10-cent refund as part of the state’s container deposit scheme, Return and Earn, Member for Goulburn, Pru Goward announced recently.

St Vincent de Paul Society is one of the two businesses to partner with the Scheme as an over-the-counter collection point. A reverse vending machine kiosk has also been installed at Woolworths Yass.

“People will have these two locations in the Goulburn electorate to receive their 10-cent refund for eligible containers from December 1 – with more to follow,” Ms Goward said.”

“The over-the-counter collection points at Moss Vale will offer 10-cent refunds in cash while the reverse vending machine at Yass will give people the option for an electronic transfer using PayPal, a cash refund and an in-store credit at Woolworths or the option to donate it to selected charities.

“The Scheme will be a game-changer – 49 percent of litter by volume is made up of beverage containers – and 43 percent of the total volume is containers that will be caught by the scheme.”

Environment Minister Gabrielle Upton said the rollout was a massive logistical exercise.

“This is proof that Return and Earn is coming to a suburb or town near all of us. There are plenty more to be installed across the state in the coming weeks as the rollout continues,” Ms Upton said.

Drink containers eligible for the 10-cent refund include most containers between 150ml and three litres. Containers should not be crushed or broken and have the original label attached to be eligible for the refund.

The state-wide network of collection points will include reverse vending machines, over-the-counter collection points such as selected cafes, service stations, small grocers and news agencies, and automated depots for large volumes of drink containers.

A state-wide map of collection points is available online at www.returnandearn.org.au.