As part of the ongoing Return and Earn scheme operated by TOMRA-Cleanaway, a new automated depot return point in Ingleburn is now open for business – offering 10 cents refunds on eligible drink containers for Campbelltown residents.
Triple bottom line – environmental, economic and social benefits
Pictured here are James Dorney, CEO of TOMRA-Cleanaway, and Nicole Bruce,
CEO of Hoxton Industries, together with depot staff.
The automated depot is run by Hoxton Industries, a social enterprise empowering the local community by providing employment and training for people living with disabilities.
Nicole Bruce, CEO of Hoxton Industries, says Hoxton’s mission is creating jobs for people who face barriers to gaining employment.
“Our Ingleburn depot will be an important resource for residents and businesses to be able to process their bulk bottles and cans in a speedy manner. This will bring not only environmental benefits to the local area but also additional employment opportunities for people trying to enter the mainstream job market.”
There are currently 22 people with disability employed at the depot – some are responsible for the sorting of eligible containers while the rest offer customer support to help residents recycle better.
The organisation is thrilled with the locals’ warm reception and has plans to develop new opportunities for residents in the Campbelltown area.
Ingleburn depot staff, from left to right: Tarek, Brooke, Peter, Joanne, Emma, Kristy,
Laura, Shane, Kimberly, George, Stephen, Jose, Sophon
Facts you should know about Ingleburn’s new Return and Earn depot
- Ingleburn’s Return and Earn automated depot perfectly complements the reverse vending machines. It is ideal for bulk Return and Earn trips, with ample parking provided for visitors to drive by and drop off their recycling.
- Cutting-edge machinery built to accommodate bulk container returns of 500 or more allows for quick counting and instant redemptions.
- As of October 2018, 840 million drink containers have been returned since the Return and Earn scheme rolled out in December.
- To date, more than $54 million in refunds have been handed over to consumers at 10 cents per container.
- Only one in five NSW residents is using the scheme while three quarters of all containers sold are still being put into yellow recycling bins.
What can you Return and Earn?
- Most drink bottles and cans
- Must be in good condition
- Not crushed
- Be empty and dry
- Must have label attached
- Plain milk containers
- Glass wine bottles
- Glass spirit bottles
- Juice bottles > 1 litre
- Cordial bottles
The Hoxton Industries Return and Earn automated depot is located at 2 Louise Avenue, Ingleburn and is open 8am – 4pm, Mondays to Saturdays (closed on Sundays). For more information on the Return and Earn scheme in NSW, read here.
This marks the ninth Return and Earn return point made available within a 6 km radius for residents in the vicinity, allowing them to recycle their containers with ease and convenience.
“Return and Earn is the largest litter reduction initiative to be introduced in NSW, and I am delighted that Hoxton Industries is operating this new return point in Ingleburn,” said NSW EPA’s Executive Director of CDS Sanjay Sridher.
Mr Sridher also added that the volume for eligible drink container litter has dropped by a third since November last year, further reiterating the positive and immediate impact that the waste and litter reduction initiatives can have in the local communities.