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Rewards for reverse recycling

Two new reverse vending machines in Redfern and Wynyard will reward Sydneysiders for recycling empty drinks containers by offering prizes or charity donations in return for unwanted beverage containers.

The machines also have new prizes on offer – entry into a draw to win an iPad mini and the chance to win bus tickets. Other regular prizes include entry into a draw for a family pass to Sydney New Year’s Eve Dawes Point viewing area, two-for-one food truck vouchers and a ten-cent donation to charity.

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The new machines follow a successful trial of two machines at Circular recycled over 75,000 beverage containers in the past twelve months - enough to build a tower 30 times the height of Sydney’s Centrepoint Tower.

The machines also have new prizes on offer – entry into a draw to win an iPad mini and the chance to win bus tickets. Other regular prizes include entry into a draw for a family pass to Sydney New Year’s Eve Dawes Point viewing area, two-for-one food truck vouchers and a ten-cent donation to charity.

Lord Mayor Clover Moore said the City was delighted with the success of the reverse vending machines increasing recycling, reducing waste and protecting the environment from plastic pollution.

“It’s fantastic that Sydneysiders are using these machines to help us turn rubbish into a useful resource,” the Lord Mayor said.

“In NSW only around 42 per cent of bottles and cans are recycled annually so programs such as this one are important to help keep containers out of landfill.

“The City is calling for a national container deposit scheme as a long-term sustainable solution to beverage container waste. Container deposit schemes around the world have produced record recycling results.

“The success of these machines shows that people are actively looking for options to recycle, and we thank Sydneysiders for their recycling efforts so far.”

The new reverse vending machines will be located on the Wynyard Park side of Erskine Street and at Redfern village on the corner of Redfern and Regent Streets. Each machine can hold up to 3,000 containers before it needs to be emptied.

Clean-Up Australia figures show beverage containers account for over one third of all reported rubbish in NSW.

In addition to the new machines, the City is implementing a range of innovative recycling initiatives including recycling stations for batteries, light bulbs and mobile phones at libraries and service centres.