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The State Government’s Return and Earn scheme means that from 1 December, each eligible container is redeemable for a 10 cent refund.  This is great news for surf clubs as it means all 76,000 members across the state can fundraise directly for their club without giving up a lot of time, or rattling a tin.

More than 75 surf clubs have jumped on board already and have registered an interest in making their club a collection point, meaning that the club will collect containers as donations with the 10 cent refund to be collected by the club.

Clubs that are becoming collection points will be asking their members and the greater community to donate their containers to the club. Clubs will not be refunding the 10 cents on each container as this refund will be gifted to the club when a container is handed over as a donation. 

Christmas represents a fantastic opportunity for members to stockpile their containers to take to the club in the new year on a scheduled collection day.  PET plastic bottles up to 1.25 litres in size and also aluminium cans are eligible for a refund under the Return and Earn scheme. Remember however that all containers must be intact with the lids removed, so don’t crush those cans just yet.  Glass will not be accepted at this stage given the inability to ensure it remains unbroken during transportation.

As the scheme progresses and more clubs become collection points, more sophisticated recycling equipment will be introduced to clubs which have a suitable space to accommodate a collection cage or a reserve vending machine. In the new year everyone will be more familiar with the operation of the Return and Earn scheme and how it can best be used to generate revenue for your club.

For more information keep an eye on the SLSNSW website for updates and look out for information displayed at your club to communicate collection days and how you can get involved.


Thursday 30 November 2017