Under the extension agreement, TOMRA Cleanaway continues to be responsible for the NSW container deposit scheme network of convenient and innovative return points, which includes reverse vending machines, over-the-counter drop-offs, and automated depots. The joint venture will also be responsible for recycling collected containers and ensuring this material is sent to appropriate destinations, such as the new Circular Plastics Australia facility in Albury. TOMRA Cleanaway has additionally committed to greater community access to “Return and Earn” by increasing the number of convenient collection points across NSW.
Before NSW introduced the “Return and Earn” scheme, more than 160 million drink containers littered the state’s streets, beaches, waterways, and parks. Drink container litter made up 44% of the volume of litter in the state and cost more than $162 million a year to manage.
TOMRA is proud to play a key role in delivering this enormously successful scheme and continuing to be an important part of the NSW Circular Economy.