The ‘Return and Earn’ scheme has been popular in Newcastle. Picture: Daniel MunozMAYFIELD and Medowie have been the Hunter’s most popular collection points in the state’s fledgling container deposit scheme, data shows.
Two weeks after the program began on December 1,theHeraldcan reveal Hunter residents have returned over 490,000 containers across the region’s set of reverse vending machines (RVM).
Mayfield and Medowie have proved to be the most utilised, each havingover 150,000 containers deposited through their RVMs.
A total of over fivemillion containers were collected across NSW in the first two weeks.
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The scheme’s rollout has been widely criticisedbythe Opposition, with many areas of the state unable to access collection points.
Reverse vending machines are in place nearWoolworths stores inMayfield, Jesmond, Mount Hutton, Medowie, Salamander Bay and Singleton.
Read more:Mayfield reverse vending machine one of state’s first
Over-the-counter collection points are also operatingin Tenambit, Morisset andMcDougalls Hill, but have restrictions in operating hours and volumes that can be returned.
State Member for WallsendSonia Hornery MPcriticisedthe government over itsfailure to deliver the promised 800 RVMs at over 500 collection points across the state, believing more needed to be established in the Hunter.
“All 80,000 Wallsend residents now have only one site where they can go and get a refund on their bottles and cans,” Ms Hornery said.
“This is totally unfair to local residents, businesses and their staff across Wallsend.”
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An EPA spokesperson said Hunter residents had “participated enthusiastically” in the new scheme and suggested their had been minimal issues for the scheme’s operator in the Hunter thus far.
“[Scheme operators] TOMRA Cleanaway are electronically notified immediately when a reverse vending machine is full, or requires technical assistance, and dispatch technicians as required,” the EPA spokesperson said.
“They continueto roll out new collection points across the state.
“New locations are added to the map on梧桐夜网returnandearn.org419论坛as soon as they are finalised.”