“Our congratulations go to all the award recipients of the Keep Australia Beautiful Sustainable Communities Tidy Town Awards in 2020. Narrandera Shire Council has been enthusiastic partners of TOMRA Cleanaway as a reverse vending machine host and are to be commended for their efforts to keep their local community and environment healthy. Congratulations and well done!”

Narrandera Shire Council was successful at the 2020 Sustainable Communities Tidy Towns
Awards Weekend held over 13-14 March, taking out the Return and Earn Litter Prevention Award with the Narrandera Reverse Vending Machine. The Tidy Towns Awards are a successful long-time initiative of the Keep Australia Beautiful Council

Representing Narrandera Shire Council at the Awards Dinner on Saturday night was Peter Dale, Economic Development Manager for Narrandera Shire Council who received the category award from Danielle Smalley, CEO, Exchange for Change, Return and Earn program.

Special Guests at the Awards Dinner in Murrurundi were Her Excellency the Honourable Margaret Beazley AC QC Governor of NSW and her husband Mr Dennis Wilson.

Peter Dale said today that the submission in the awards category had been made to the Keep Australia Beautiful Awards in the middle of 2020 with the actual awards weekend delayed because of the pandemic. However, an enthusiastic gathering of around 100 people attended the Awards Dinner to learn of the successful entries across various categories.

Mayor of Narrandera Shire, Councillor Neville Kschenka said today that the Award for the RVM was an excellent recognition of the successful performance of the facility with significant social economic and environmental outcomes being recognised by the judging panel.

”As at March 2021, 2.15 million containers have been deposited in the RVM and consistent redemption amounts are being reported from Coles in Narrandera where the majority of vouchers obtained from the RVM are either being cashed-in or spent in-store” the Mayor said.

As part of the awards activities, Peter Dale recorded a 40-minute video interview with a KAB Council official detailing the development and performance of the RVM. This video will be available on Facebook in the near future when released by KAB.

this article first appeared on the Narrandera Shire Council website on the 16th March 2021.