Deposit Scheme collection point confirmed for Cowra

Narelle Leach, Roz Petty, Rachael Hyland and Brent Young.
Narelle Leach, Roz Petty, Rachael Hyland and Brent Young.

The NSW Government has confirmed that Cowra's Container Deposit Scheme collection point will be located in the Woolworths’ car park and will begin operating on December 1, 2017.

The New South Wales Container Deposit Scheme, known as Return and Earn, will allow residents to return eligible beverage containers between 150ml and 3L in volume to the collection point for a 10c refund. 

Roz Petty from Woolworths Cowra said there would be 200 redemption points, also known as Reverse Vending Machine (RVM) kiosks, across NSW. 

“We are happy to have it in our car park,” Roz said. 

“I can see great benefits in it, especially in our community.

“I hope the community in Cowra get on board and use the system.” 

There are three ways in which residents can receive the refund from the RVM: 

  1. Opt for a voucher which you can redeem for cash or purchases at Woolworths
  2. Register to receive an electronic payment to your account 
  3. Donate your refund to selected charities 

Containers that may be eligible for a refund include glass, plastic, aluminum, steel and liquid paperboard however containers should be empty, uncrushed, unbroken with the original label in tact.  

Containers that are not included are:

  • plain milk (or milk substitute) containers
  • flavoured milk containers 1L or more
  • 100% pure fruit or vegetable juice containers 1L or more
  • glass containers for wines or spirits
  • casks 1L or more
  • sachets for wine 250mls or more
  • containers for cordials, concentrated fruit/vegetable juices
  • registered health tonics

Roz said the reason behind the scheme was to try and limit the amount of litter on the state’s roadways. 

“It’s to help reduce the amount of roadside litter. It’s more about cleaning up the roads,” she said. 

A price rise on containers was introduced last week to help fund the scheme.