Member for Kiama Gareth Ward today said that as NSW celebrates the major new Return and Earn milestone of 11 billion containers recycled, Kiama electorate locals have millions of reasons to join in the celebrations, having recycled an incredible 18.5 million bottles, cans and cartons through their local return points.

Mr Ward said that thanks to the incredible support of the Kiama electorate, visiting the local return point has become a way of life, resulting in millions of dollars in container refunds back into people’s pockets.

“Our local charities, community groups and local schools are also benefitting from this scheme, with a massive $54 million raised State-wide for charities and local community groups via donated refunds and return point hosting fees,” he said.

“The refunds from container recycling are helping families and individuals with cost-of-living pressures and helping support the work of hundreds of charities and community groups that are using the scheme to fundraise.

“Congratulations to our local community for making Return and Earn part of your regular routine. This enthusiastic participation is playing an important role in growing our domestic circular economy and achieving a more sustainable environmental future and I acknowledge the NSW Government’s continued policy direction.

“I also wish to acknowledge our community groups and service clubs like the Gerringong Lions Club with its upgraded return and earn kiosk in Gerringong which is making such a huge difference for our community,” Mr Ward concluded.

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