21 December 2023

New recycling machine operating on South Coast in time for festive season container spike

| Claire Sams
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Eurobodalla Shire recently gained its fourth Return and Earn machine. Photo: iheartcreative.

Christmas parties can leave you with bottles, cartons and soft-drink cans galore that you need to dispose of – and the South Coast has another location to do just that.

A new Return and Earn machine recently opened at the Shell service station in Coila.

Member for Bega Dr Michael Holland said he hoped this would help keep the region clean of items that could be recycled.

“It’s fantastic to see another Return and Earn machine available to South Coast residents and anyone passing through over the summer holidays at the Shell service station in Coila,” he said.

“Eurobodalla Shire residents are enthusiastic recyclers, having returned more than 73.2 million bottles, cans and cartons through local return points since the scheme began.

“I encourage everyone to try out the new Coila reverse vending machine and contribute to a more sustainable future, where materials stay in use and litter is kept from polluting our beautiful parks and beaches.”

This is the fourth return point in the Eurobodalla Shire.

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Users of the new machine can print a voucher for the refund amount, which is redeemable for cash at Shell Coila, or use the Return and Earn app to get an e-voucher or payment directly into their bank or PayPal account.

Alternatively, locals can also donate their refund to one of the charity partners, which are listed on the machine or the Return and Earn app.

Yumaro is featured as the first local donation partner for the Coila machine, and funds raised will support its work providing employment, training, lifestyle, accommodation and community support services to people with disability.

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As well as recycling eligible bottles, cartons and cans, Return and Earn fundraises for charities and community groups across NSW.

More than $47 million has been raised from donations and fees from hosting return points since the scheme was launched.

More than 10.4 billion bottles, cans and cartons have been returned for recycling through the 617 return points across NSW since the program began in 2017, giving a total of $1.4 billion in refunds.

The Shell Coila Return and Earn machine is at 3296 Princes Highway.

It is open from 7 am to 7 pm, seven days a week.

Further information on the Return and Earn scheme can be found by visiting its website.

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