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13 NOV 2020

4.5 billion containers recycled through Return and Earn

Communities across New South Wales have made recycling a part of their everyday routine, with more than 4.5 billion bottles and cans returned for recycling through the NSW Government’s Return and Earn Scheme.

Environment Minister Matt Kean said it was particularly exciting to reach this massive milestone during National Recycling Week.

“In the first six months of this year, three out of every four eligible bottles and cans supplied in the State were returned through the scheme for recycling,” Mr Kean said.

“These drink containers are now destined for as a sustainable alternative, instead of littering our streets and contributing to landfill.”

Return and Earn has contributed to an average 40 per cent annual reduction in drink container litter in New South Wales, with more than 420,000 tonnes of materials recycled since it launched in December 2017.

Parliamentary Secretary for the Environment James Griffin said National Recycling Week is the prime time to celebrate the State’s suite of recycling initiatives.

Full media release available on the EPA website.