Dash for free cash is picking up speed

March 02, 2018

Anna Wilson, 11, (front) is saving for a hover board and Bruce Costall and Ken Hurn (Back) are part of the team at Murray River Holiday Park who are collecting containers from their guests. Photo: Luke Hemer.

MORE than $1400 has already been collected from the Moama return and earn facility.

The NSW Government’s Container Deposit Scheme allows residents to recycle their bottles, cans and containers for a 10c refund.

And Moama residents have already deposited 14,414 containers at the facility in the Moama Woolworths complex.

But despite all the positive feedback, Murray River Council isn’t convinced.

‘‘Whilst the Moama facility is of benefit to our residents there, other towns in the council area are poorly served by return centres and there are certainly still the cross-border issues to contend with,’’ mayor Chris Bilkey said.

‘‘The scheme sees a levy on the drinks that can be returned for recycling, but as that levy is only applied in NSW we still have concerns on the impacts for our border towns.

‘‘There is the very real risk that people will do their purchasing in Victoria; undercutting our local NSW-based businesses.’’

Cr Bilkey said small businesses are the powerhouse of the local economy.

‘‘And its vital we ensure they have ample opportunity for growth and sustainability, which is why this scheme concerns us when it comes to border towns,’’ he said.

‘‘There are also some questions surrounding the inadequacies of the facilities for dealing with large volumes of recycling material.

‘‘As resolved at council’s ordinary meeting in January, council have written to the NSW Government regarding our cross border concerns and requesting that they consult with the Victorian Government to encourage participation in a similar scheme.’’

But it seems the Moama community are getting behind the recycling reward system.

Moama Primary School student Anna Wilson, 11, has been collecting her neighbours containers and is saving up to buy a hover board.

While Murray River Holiday Park has already collected more than $500 worth of containers through their recycling scheme.

A Riv Facebook post reached more than 11,000 people and sparked 100-plus comments.

‘‘My nine-year-old daughter and I used it yesterday. Simple to use, just have to split cans from glass and make sure your cans aren’t crushed,’’ Rebecca Caldwell said.

‘‘Have used the facility already. Works extremely well, great idea. As of yesterday the plastics/cans is already full,’’ Harly Kurth said.

‘‘What a great idea will have to give it a go,’’ Bianca Robertson said.

The Moama return and earn facility went live on Friday, February 13 and has already collected 14,414 containers.

A NSW Environment Protection Authority spokesperson said refunds can be collected from the machine in three ways

‘‘Directly into the users PayPal account by scanning the myTOMRA app on a smart phone, as a voucher that can be redeemed at Woolworths for cash or donated to one of the charity/organisation partners on the machine,’’ the spokesperson said.

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