Return and Earn recycling initiative has soared past 130 million containers

Member for Terrigal, Adam Crouch, at the Green Point Return and Earn machine

The Return and Earn drink recycling initiative has soared past the 130 million mark on the Central Coast, just two years after it was first introduced.

Parliamentary Secretary for the Central Coast and Member for Terrigal, Adam Crouch, said Return and Earn had been highly successful across the state.

On the Coast, he said 132,272,320 drink containers had been cashed in for 10 cent refunds.

Collection points at Lisarow and West Gosford both topped 11 million refunds, with Bateau Bay the top return area, with more than 13 million.

“Having more than 130 million drink containers recycled is not just good news for the environment, but it also means $13M back in the pockets of local residents,” Crouch said.

“The growth of Return and Earn on the Central Coast has been phenomenal and it highlights a shift in our community’s thinking and behaviour around litter.”

Crouch said the summer months were the peak season for Return and Earn, with the recent holiday period particularly impressive.

Media release, Feb 26
Member for Terrigal, Adam Crouch