A Return and Earn recycling service is back and operating at Carlo’s IGA Warialda, with Gwydir Shire Council David Coulton, left, Carlo’s IGA Manager Amber Brown, Northern Tablelands MP Adam Marshall and Carlo’s IGA Manager Trent Stackman welcoming the development.
Monday, 21 June 2021
A RETURN and Earn recycling service is back in Warialda, with Northern Tablelands MP Adam Marshall today announcing a reverse vending machine (RVM) was now operational at Carlo’s IGA on Stephen Street.
Between June 2018 and September 2020 a Return and Earn service operated at the Warialda Landfill, recycling almost 1.5 million containers.
Mr Marshall said the Warialda community had shown there was a high demand for this type of service.
“At the height of operation, Warialda residents were averaging 53,000 bottles and cans through the Warialda service a month,” Mr Marshall said.
“The new RVM is conveniently located at Carlo’s IGA, making it even easier for the Warialda community to recycle their eligible drink containers and ultimately help the environment while also being rewarded for their efforts.
“Consumers receive a 10 cent refund for each eligible bottle, can or carton they return.
“Users of the Warialda machine have the option to print a voucher for the refund amount, redeemable for cash at IGA, or they can opt for an e-voucher or payment into their PayPal or bank account by downloading the MyTOMRA app.
“They can choose to donate some or all of their refund to one of the charity partners listed on the machine
“This is a great outcome for Warialda and I thank the management of Carlo’s IGA for its generosity in hosing the new RVM.
“By using this return point, in combination with your household recycling collection, we can all do our bit to reduce the millions of containers that are littered in the NSW environment each year while also being rewarded for our efforts.”
Gwydir Shire Councillor David Coulton said he was very pleased IGA in Warialda had installed a facility for the public to return and earn drink containers.
“Council performed this role for a short period however it is more appropriate that such a facility be provided by private enterprise,” Cr Coulton said.
“This facility will help keep these containers from our roadsides and creeks whilst providing economic returns for the customer.
“I congratulate IGA for the initiative and thank Adam and the State Government for the support.”
Sydney Kids Hospital Foundation is currently featured as the local donation partner on the Warialda machine with all donations received helping fund their important work in the local community.
Local recyclers can also support the Royal Flying Doctors Service, also featured on the machine as the state-wide major donation partner.
The Warialda RVM is located at Carlo’s IGA at 26 Stephen Street, Warialda and is open from 8am to 7pm daily.
For more information on Return and Earn including checking container eligibility or the status of your nearest return point, visit: www.returnandearn.org.au