We have installed two new reverse vending machines in Redfern and Wynyard. By placing your old bottles in the machine, you have a chance to win prizes or charity donations.
These additions follow a successful trial of machines at Circular Quay and Haymarket that 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.
I'm delighted with the success of the reverse vending machines. In NSW only around 42 per cent of bottles and cans are recycled annually so it's important to increase that figure, reducing waste and protecting the environment from plastic pollution.
The success of these machines shows that people are actively looking for options to recycle and I'm pleased the State Government has introduced a container deposit scheme to come into effect in 2017. I urge the Federal Government to introduce an Australia-wide scheme as a long-term sustainable solution to beverage container waste.
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. There are new prizes on offer too - on top of our regular prizes including 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, we're now offering entry into a draw to win an iPad mini and the chance to win bus tickets.