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Return and Earn machine

Glen Innes residents have a new location to recycle their eligible bottles and cans with the opening of a new Return and Earn machine in the carpark of Coles Glen Innes on Grey Street.


The new return point replaces a machine that was removed last year due to redevelopment. The Coles Glen Innes site provides a convenient location for the community to redeem their eligible bottles and cans for the 10c refund. 


“Glen Innes Severn Shire Council residents are enthusiastic recyclers, having returned over 17.6 million eligible bottles, cans and cartons through local return points since the scheme began,” said James Dorney, CEO of TOMRA Cleanaway, the network operator for the scheme.


“This means more than $1.7 million in container refunds has been returned to the local community”.


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


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


Can Assist is currently featured as the local donation partner on the Glen Innes machine, with funds raised through Return and Earn supporting local families living with cancer.


Local recyclers can also donate their refund to the current state-wide Return and Earn donation appeal in support of 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 in NSW. More than $47 million has been raised from donations and fees from hosting return points since the scheme launched in 2017.


I encourage everyone to make Return and Earn a part of your regular recycling routine. Together we can all contribute to a more sustainable future, where the materials that our bottles, cans and cartons are made of are kept in use and out of landfill,” Mr Dorney said.


More than 10.9 billion containers have been returned for recycling through the network of almost 620 return points across NSW since the scheme began in 2017, resulting in over $1 billion in refunds back in people’s pockets.


The Coles Glen Innes Return and Earn machine is located in the Coles carpark at 357 Grey Street, Glen Innes and is open daily from 7:00 am to 7:00 pm.   


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