Glen Innes goes green with new Return and Earn machine addition

Return and Earn machine. Image credit: Exchange for Change

Glen Innes residents now have a fresh avenue to contribute to recycling efforts with the unveiling of a new Return and Earn machine situated in the carpark of Coles Glen Innes on Grey Street.

Replacing a previous machine removed last year due to redevelopment, this new return point offers locals a convenient spot to redeem their eligible bottles and cans for the 10-cent refund, Exchange for Change said in a news release.

James Dorney, CEO of TOMRA Cleanaway, the network operator for the scheme, expressed enthusiasm for the community’s commitment to recycling.

He noted, “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.”

This dedication translates to more than $1.7 million in container refunds returned to the local community, highlighting the tangible impact of recycling efforts.

Recyclers have multiple options for receiving their refunds, including printing a voucher for cash redemption at Coles, opting for an e-voucher, or receiving payment directly into their bank or PayPal account via the Return and Earn app.

Moreover, individuals can choose to donate their refunds to a range of charity partners listed on the machine or within the Return and Earn app.

Currently, Can Assist serves as the local donation partner for the Glen Innes machine, with funds supporting local families affected by cancer.

Additionally, residents can contribute to the statewide Return and Earn donation appeal, backing the RFS Benevolent Fund, which aids Rural Fire Service members and their families during challenging times.

Return and Earn has emerged as a vital fundraising avenue for numerous charities and community groups across NSW, generating over $47 million in donations and fees from hosting return points since its inception in 2017.

Dorney encouraged everyone to integrate Return and Earn into their recycling routines, emphasising its role in fostering a more sustainable future by keeping materials out of landfills.

Since its launch in 2017, Return and Earn has facilitated the recycling of over 10.9 billion containers through nearly 620 return points across NSW, resulting in over $1 billion in refunds distributed to individuals.

The Coles Glen Innes Return and Earn machine, located at 357 Grey Street, operates daily from 7:00 am to 7:00 pm, providing residents ample opportunity to contribute to recycling efforts.

For more information on Return and Earn, visit this site.