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  • Camden Students Back to School with Return and Earn

    Posted on 31 January, 2018

    Environment Minister Gabrielle Upton and Member for Camden Chris Patterson visited Elizabeth Macarthur High School and Nepean Distributors this morning to see how students are recycling and raising funds for their P&C through Return and Earn.

    Elizabeth Macarthur Principal Kylie Hedger said students have worked together to collect drink containers and claim the 10 cent deposit as a refund at their local over-the-counter collection point – Nepean Distributors.

    “We sell a lot of drinks at Elizabeth Macarthur, so encouraging the kids to collect those drink containers means we can reduce litter in our neighbourhood and fundraise for the school’s P&C,” Ms Hedger said.
    Mr Patterson said the reverse vending machines in the Macarthur region are also proving popular with residents.

    “Spring Farm was home to the first reverse vending machine in NSW.

    “Since operation the Spring Farm site has recorded 931,004, Camden Woolworths 542,627 returns, Campbelltown Woolworths 1,039,646 returns and the Macarthur Square site 69,293 returns,” Mr Patterson said.


    Nepean Distributors supplies confectionary and drinks to about 150 schools and sporting club canteens in the region, and has recorded more than 110,000 returns since the Scheme commenced on December 1.

    Nepean Distributors Managing Director Anthony Morrissey said it was great to see the Macarthur community getting behind the scheme.

    “We sell thousands of drink containers each year so it was easy to look at that as a chance to raise money for local schools, as well as sporting and community groups,” Mr Morrissey said.

    NSW Environment Minister Gabrielle Upton said the Macarthur region was just one example of where Return and Earn was matching great community projects with good environmental outcomes.

    “More than 58 million drink containers have been returned so far across NSW and it is great to see the Macarthur community getting involved,” Ms Upton said.

    There are currently more than 360 collection points operational across NSW.