8 BILLION CONTAINERS TURN FROM TRASH TO TREASURE-VIDEO
A major environment and recycling milestone will be reached this weekend with eight billion bottles, cans and drink cartons returned through the NSW Return and Earn return point network.
Minister for Environment James Griffin said the incredible effort from NSW communities is transforming how we recycle.
“Return and Earn is a wildly successful NSW Government initiative that has well and truly changed the way we think about recycling and litter by turning trash into treasure,” Mr Griffin said.
“Return and Earn has fundamentally shifted people’s behaviour, turning what was once seen as waste into a now-valuable resource for the recycling industry, and delivering huge refunds to the community.
“Since it began in 2017, eight billion containers have now been returned, delivering $800 million in refunds to the people of NSW, and helping us reduce drink container litter by a massive 52 per cent.
“This is a huge win for our environment, with all plastic containers and glass bottles returned being given a new life and turned back into new food and drink containers to go back on our supermarket shelves within weeks.
“Heading down to the local Return and Earn point has become a routine part of life, and I’d like to thank the almost 80 per cent of adults in NSW who have got involved.”
Return and Earn has contributed more than $35 million in donations to community groups and charities since the scheme launched in December 2017.