WE’RE OPEN: Return and Earn return points across NSW are open and can be accessed for returns in line with the latest Public Health Orders.

Anyone visiting a return point must ensure they comply with the latest Public Health Orders, including checking-in via the QR code displayed, wearing a mask, maintaining social distancing of at least 1.5 metres from others, and practicing good hygiene. 

We recommend checking the status of your nearest return point before visiting and avoiding peak times where possible. 

Find out how Return and Earn is responding to COVID-19 here. 

27 JUN 2018

Return and Earn, Bathurst: 4.1 million items returned

Nadine Morton, Western Advocate,  26 June

In the six months since Bathurst received its first Return and Earn machine, more than 4.18 million items have been returned and $418,000 given back to the community, and Carenne School is among the beneficiaries.

The first reverse vending machine (RVM) arrived in the city in late December and since then the NSW Government initiative of encouraging people to return acceptable items for a 10 cent refund has been embraced by the community.

“This is a great result and we thank the Bathurst community for their enthusiasm,” a NSW Environment Protection Authority (EPA) spokeswoman said of the Bathurst data.  In Bathurst, there are three RVMs along with a bulk automated collection point. The RVM at the Bathurst Community Op Shop has had the highest number of items returns at 1,298,104, followed by the bulk automated collection point (1,167,843), then the RVMs at Service NSW (962,934), Bathurst Recycling on Upfold Street (458,834) and the now closed one at Metro Fuel (298,289).

The NSW EPA spokeswoman said RVMs also benefit charities and community groups with people able to choose to donate their refund rather than keep it.

Each Bathurst RVM offers the choice of four charities/groups – three are national and one is local.

Read the full article at Western Advocate