RETURN AND EARN CONTAINER RECYCLING PROGRAM IS BACK!
West Pymble Public School P&C announces the return of the Return and Earn Container Recycling Program.
WHAT IS RETURN AND EARN?
Return and Earn is NSW’s largest recycling initiative where anyone can collect eligible drink containers, take them to unique container return points and collect 10c for every container returned. By collecting eligible containers, you not only raise money for much needed sustainability resources and projects, you also improve sustainability by providing a reliable supply of materials for recycling.
In NSW alone, Return and Earn has collected more than 4.86 billion containers from inception in December 2017 to March 2020. More than $10.4 million has been paid to NFPs and community groups via fees and donations.
THE GREEN TEAM
Since 2018, the Green Team with support from the P&C has collected over 20,000 containers from our school community. This equates to over $2,000 in fundraised dollars!
Collecting your eligible containers and returning them to our school is achieving huge environmental wins!
WHAT HAPPENS TO OUR CONTAINERS?
Return and Earn has enabled some 265,000 tonnes of materials to be recycled and processed for commodity trading in domestic and international markets.
About half the plastic and 90% of the glass sold by the network operator TOMRA Cleanaway is used for domestic bottle-to-bottle manufacturing, with the balance exported.
Expanding network of 888 suppliers participate in the scheme. Suppliers’ commitment to providing solutions has played a crucial role in the scheme’s success.
Over the next 20 years it is expected that there will be:
1.6 billion fewer containers littered
Almost 11 billion fewer containers ending up in landfill
12.6 billion more beverage containers being recycled
HOW CAN I DONATE MY CONTAINERS?
Participating in our Return and Earn Program is easy!
SCAN OUR BARCODE AT ANY RETURN AND EARN MACHINE
Save our barcode as an image on your phone
Scan at any Return and Earn machine
Return your containers and press ‘PAYOUT’
For every eligible container return, West Pymble P&C will receive 100% of the refund. This means together we will raise money for sustainability resources and projects.
WHAT IS AN ELIGIBLE DRINK CONTAINER?
Eligible containers include most glass, plastic, aluminium, steel and paper-based cartons between 150mL and 3L. Containers must be empty, uncrushed and have the original label attached.
Containers not eligible for return include milk containers that are 1L or more, glass wine bottles, glass spirit bottles, juice bottles over 1L and cordial bottles.
Please check the signs on the recycle bins or see our Facebook page for more information.