“This Return and Earn machine is another example of our forward-thinking Southern Cross University being in step with its local community. SCU’s Lismore campus has been a safe haven in the aftermath of the 2022 floods and remains a focal point for much community activity as we rebuild.”

Janelle Saffin, MP Lismore

 

 

 

Lismore can Return and Earn at SCU

Rain could not dampen the celebration of the newest return point in the TOMRA Cleanaway network opening at Southern Cross University’s East Lismore Campus recently! As crowds gathered, Lismore local Member of Parliament, Janelle Saffin, pronounced the Return and Earn machine open for all to use!

A new Return and Earn machine has opened at the Lismore campus of Southern Cross University, offering the public the chance to exchange their old bottles and cans for money.

Lismore MP Janelle Saffin, Southern Cross University’s Vice President of Strategy and Implementation Jack Williamson, SCU Director Property Services Danika Head, and Return and Earn network operator TOMRA Cleanaway CEO James Dorney launched the new container return point on Wednesday, July 3.

James Dorney, CEO TOMRA Cleanaway heralded the official opening of the new NSW container deposit scheme machine for Return and Earn, “The SCU Return and Earn machine is a massive win for the environment and a massive win for the local community that have been through so many hardships in the last couple of years”, said Mr Dorney.

“We know that provision of convenient and accessible return points is critical to engendering consumer behaviour. Having Return and Earn co-located with SCU that is so central to the Lismore community makes alot of sense.”

SCU an important community hub

The new Return and Earn machine is the third return point in the Lismore City Council area, providing locals and students with even more access to conveniently redeem their eligible bottles and cans for the 10c refund.

“This Return and Earn machine is another example of our forward-thinking Southern Cross University being in step with its local community,” Ms Saffin said.

“SCU’s Lismore campus has been a safe haven in the aftermath of the 2022 floods and remains a focal point for much community activity as we rebuild.

“Lismore locals are keen recyclers, having already returned over over 88.5 million bottles, cans and cartons through local return points since the Return and Earn scheme began.”

Users of the new machine can print a voucher for their refund, which can be redeemed for cash at Woolworths, or they can receive an e-voucher or payment directly to their bank or PayPal accounts by using the Return and Earn app.

The refund can be donated to any of the 300 donation partners listed on the Return and Earn app or choose to support the current statewide Return and Earn donation appeal for Little Wings, providing free air and ground transport for seriously ill children from regional and remote areas across NSW.

More than 11.6 billion containers have been returned for recycling through the network of over 630 return points across NSW since the scheme began in 2017, putting more than $1 billion in container refunds back in people’s pockets.

Return and Earn has also become a key fundraising channel for many charities and community groups in NSW, with more than $54 million raised to date.

The Southern Cross University Return and Earn machine is in the campus carpark next to the University Fitness Centre and Gym. The machine is open from 7am to 7pm daily.

For more information visit: www.returnandearn.org.au.

This article was first published in the Lismore City News.