Member for Kiama Gareth Ward has today joined with representatives from Gerringong Lions and Kiama Council to announce an upgrade of the Return and Earn kiosk at Jubilee Park in Gerringong next to Michael Cronin Oval.

Mr Ward said that the Return and Earn kiosk has proven extremely popular with Gerringong locals since being installed in 2018.

“Having supported Gerringong Lions Club with various grants over the years, I am delighted to see this upgraded kiosk, replacing the two reverse vending machines (RVMs) with four newer machines,” he said.

“The new machines will not only allow people to process their cans, plastic bottles, cartons and glass quicker. It will also require less servicing, meaning less truck collections.

“The Return and Earn recycling project, which they started five years ago, was its main means of income during the difficult COVID period when the Lions Club couldn't carry out its usual fundraising activities.

“I acknowledge the Club President Peter Jeffrey and the many other hard-working Gerringong Lions Club volunteers who were involved in the collection and recycling scheme, which was initially a concept by Lion Bruce Ray.

“A wonderful upgrade for a great local organisation and I look forward to supporting them now and into the future,” Mr Ward concluded.

Mr Peter Jeffrey, President of the Gerringong Lions Club said:

“We are delighted with this upgrade as it will allow us to process more cans and less servicing.

“We would like to acknowledge our local Member Gareth Ward and Kiama Municipal Council for its ongoing support,” Mr Jeffrey said.