Yesterday, the TOMRA Cleanaway team joined Wangarang Industries and the Orange community to celebrate the grand opening of the new Orange Return and Earn Depot.

Orange Return and Earn is operated by local not-for-profit Wangarang Industries, an Australian disability enterprise.

Over 50 community leaders attended the gala opening including Orange Mayor Clr Jason Hamling, Local Member Philip Donato MP and representatives from Orange City Council, Orange Ex-Services Club, Coleman’s Earthmoving, Breona Residential Services and local schools.

School environment representatives from Catherine McAuley Orange participate in the smoking ceremony

 

 

James Dorney, CEO TOMRA Cleanaway was event MC

 

TOMRA Cleanaway CEO, James Dorney said, “We’re delighted to partner with the amazing team at Wangarang Industries, led by Kevin McGuire, to provide the people of Orange and surrounds with this convenient new location to recycle your containers and help your local environment.”

The Orange Return and Earn Depot is the first bulk container processing facility in Orange. Already, the Depot has enjoyed strong support from across the region with residents from across the Central West visiting the Depot to Return and Earn.

“Return and Earn’s automated depots are an important part of the return point network, and enable not-for-profits like Wangarang to put more money back into the local community with every recycled container, all while helping the environment and providing local jobs,” Mr Dorney said.

Representation at the event also came from the Orange Local Aboriginal Land Council with Welcome to Country delivered by CEO of the Land Council, Annette Steele, with a cleansing smoking ceremony conducted by local Doug Sutherland. Orange is the traditional land of the Wiradjuri People, one of the largest traditional groups in New South Wales.

 

Community support already strong

Local businesses have supported construction of  Orange Return and Earn Depot including Cadia Valley Operations contributed towards the cost of lifting equipment, Whitakers Contracting designed and manufactured the sorting tables, and Country Tree Services provided support for landscaping surrounding gardens.

Wangarang Industries CEO, Kevin McGuire said, “We are incredibly lucky and grateful for the support we have received within and outside the local community. It has helped us build an automated depot that is customised to suit the area and people with all abilities to recycle their containers.”

 

Gary Norton, Chair of Wangarang Industries celebrated the coming together of community

Orange Return and Earn Depot has been designed to be completely accessible, meeting the needs of people of all abilities.

All aspects of the depot’s operations have been specifically designed to ensure ease and access for staff and customers of all abilities, from on-site parking to bin lifts that don’t require forklift licencing.

The depot has quickly proven it’s value to the Orange community and environment; since commencing operations in March, Orange locals have returned over 800,000 bottles, cans and cartons.

Wangarang Industries has also quickly established connections with local groups including Orange Ex-Service Club who donate the refunds from all containers they collect to Wangarang; Blayney Hospital and Wyangla Dam Bushfire Brigade also now recycle their eligible drink containers through the depot with the refunds from these containers supporting their own operations.

More than 11 billion drink containers have now been returned for recycling through Return and Earn’s network of 620+ return points across NSW since the scheme launched in 2017.

Orange Return and Earn is located at 1635 Forest Road, Orange and is open from 8:00 am to 3:30 pm Monday to Friday and 8:00 am to 4:00 pm on Saturdays.

 

Learn more about the process of opening Orange Return and Earn here 

For more information about Return and Earn return points visit www.returnandearn.org.au.