In Australia around 15 billion drink bottles and cans are consumed every year and fewer than half of these are recycled. Every minute 15,000 bottles and cans are littered or thrown into landfill.
To help address this shocking statistic the City is running a 12 month trial of two Reverse Vending Machines (RVMs) at Dixon Street Mall, Haymarket and Alfred Street, Circular Quay. The machines are a fun and easy way to encourage people to dispose of their drink bottles or cans responsibly.
They'll also be rewarded in the process with a small gift or charity donation. Prizes offered by the machines during the trial include entry into a draw for two tickets to Sydney New Year's Eve Dawes Point viewing area, two-for-one food truck vouchers or a 10 cent donation to charity.
The City is calling for the introduction of a national container deposit scheme as a long-term, sustainable solution to the problem and I will continue to lobby state and federal governments for reform on this issue.
Around the world container deposit schemes have produced greatly-improved recycling results. South Australia's scheme has achieved recycling rates of up to 90 per cent - double the rate of NSW.
In addition to the new reverse vending machine trial, 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.
For more information on the City's recycling projects click here.