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Kuring-gai Return and Earn machine at Mt Kuring-gai Cleanaway Depot

Local residents have a new location to recycle their eligible bottles and cans with a new Return and Earn machine now open at the Mt Kuring-gai Cleanaway Depot.   


This is the 10th return point in Hornsby Shire, making it easier and more convenient for the local community to redeem their eligible drink containers for the 10c refund.


Hornsby Shire residents are already enthusiastic recyclers, having returned more than 77.3 million bottles, cans and cartons through local return points since the scheme began. This has resulted in over $7.7 million back to the community in refunds,” said James Dorney, CEO of TOMRA Cleanaway, the network operator for the scheme.


Recyclers can print a voucher for the refund amount which can be redeemed for cash at Coles, or they opt for an e-voucher or payment directly into their bank account or PayPal account using the Return and Earn app.  


Locals can also donate their refund to one of the charity partners featured on the machine or one of the many charities listed on the Return and Earn app.   


Safe Animal Rehoming is the initial local donation partner on the Mt Kuring-gai machine, with funds raised through Return and Earn supporting the local charity’s work rescuing and rehoming cats and dogs in need.


The current state-wide Return and Earn donation appeal listed on all machines across the state supports the RFS Benevolent Fund, a charity created to provide support to RFS members and their families during challenging times.


Return and Earn has become a key fundraising channel for many charities and community groups across NSW. More than $47 million has been raised from donations and fees from hosting return points since the scheme was launched. 


More than 10.5 billion bottles, cans and cartons have been returned for recycling through the network of around 620 return points across NSW since the scheme began in 2017, resulting in over $1.05 billion in refunds back in peoples pockets.   


I encourage everyone to make ‘returning and earning’ part of your weekly routine. Together we can all do our bit to contribute to a more sustainable future where materials are kept in the loop and out of landfill and the litter stream,” Mr Dorney said.


The Mt Kuring-gai Return and Earn machine is located at the Mt Kuring-gai Cleanaway Depot at 5 Beaumont Road and is open from 8am to 6pm daily.  


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