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March 19, 2021

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Hunters Hill community members have a new place to recycle and earn a return for themselves or a chosen charity with the opening of a Reverse Vending Machine in Henley Community Centre car park.

Hunter’s Hill Council has installed the TOMRA Reverse Vending Machine. It forms part of the NSW Government’s Container Deposit Scheme, Return and Earn.

The machine was officially switched on this morning (Friday 19 March 2021) and will operate from 8am to 7pm daily.

Riverside Preschool students deposited the first containers.

Hunters Hill Mayor Ross Williams said the machine’s installation was another step in Council’s commitment to sustainability.

“It provides a local point for residents to participate in the Return and Earn scheme, which had demonstrated a dramatic reduction in that type of waste in our community,” he said.

“And secondly, there’s the opportunity for local groups to benefit from donations through the system.”

Users can donate their recycling refund directly to a charity. Council is also seeking expressions of interest from charities to be featured on the Henley machine.

State Member for Lane Cove, the Honourable Anthony Roberts, said the machine’s installation was an important initiative for Hunter’s Hill Council and would be of great benefit to local community groups.

TOMRA Sales Manager Brent Murray said his organisation was proud to be partnering with Hunter’s Hill Council.

“These Reverse Vending Machines provide an opportunity to use community land for community benefit,” he said.

Danielle Smalley, CEO of Exchange for Change, the scheme coordinator for Return and Earn, said Hunter’s Hill Council was a welcomed partner.

“Community enthusiasm for the scheme is considerable, with three (3) out of four (4) NSW adults using the scheme,” she said.

“Recycling is vital to creating a sustainable future and supporting a circular economy. By delivering a reliable, transparent scheme, with a strong focus on customer service, we quickly earned the confidence and trust of NSW and this is translating into action as participation in the scheme continues to grow.”

For more information about the Henley Reverse Vending Machine and charity partnership participation opportunity, go to: opens in a new windowhuntershill.nsw.gov.au/returnandearn

MEDIA CONTACT: Jacqui Jones, Communications Officer. Phone: (02) 9879 9400

Email: jonesj@huntershill.nsw.gov.au

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Hunter’s Hill Council

22 Alexandra Street, Hunters Hill NSW 2110
PO Box 21, Hunters Hill NSW 2110
Tel: (02) 9879 9400