One million containers collected

Windsor Metal Recyclers at 20/124 Ham Street, South Windsor has been a collection point under the Return and Earn scheme since it started on 1 December 2017.

Ken Bleakley the owner and operator of Windsor Metal Recyclers knew he had a major milestone coming up: the one millionth container collected at the Return and Earn collection point.

At 999,999 containers, Ken Bleakley invited the Mayor of Hawkesbury, Councillor Mary Lyons-Buckett, to symbolically drop off the millionth container. The Mayor was happily joined by the President of Windsor Lions Ron Coleman. Windsor Lions has delivered tens of thousands of containers as part of Return and Earn.

“It’s fantastic news for our community that so many people are supporting the Return and Earn program, which ultimately means less litter and better environmental outcomes for our community,’ the Mayor said.

“Not only this, but Ken Bleakley has also been able to put on new staff to help him manage the program.

“The 1 million milestone also places the Windsor Metal Recyclers’ collection point in the Top 3 Largest Over-The-Counter sites in NSW,” the Mayor added.

“Windsor Metal Recyclers has been popular with local residents because they have the advantage of providing a cash payment and being able to accept bulk drop offs.”

Across NSW, a total of 606 Million containers have been dropped off so far. When containers are returned, they are recycled and turned into a range of other products, including new cans and bottles, fencing, garden furniture, flooring and aggregate materials for road base.

The Return and Earn allows community members to receive a 10 cent refund on eligible bottles and cans when they drop them off at a collection point such as Windsor Metal Recyclers. The Return and Earn scheme started on 1 December 2017 and aims to help the NSW Government reach the goal of a 40% reduction in litter. About 160 million drink containers were littered in 2014-2015.

Currently there are also seven other Over-The-Counter sites:

* Windsor Newsagency, George Street, Windsor
* Khan’s General Store, Pitt Town Road, McGraths Hill
* Wilberforce Newsagency, Shop 5, King Rd, Wilberforce
* The Rail Café, 16 East Market Street, Richmond
* Clean Xpress Car Wash, 20 Bosworth Street, Richmond
* Hawkesbury Bakehouse, 64 Old Bells Line of Road, Kurrajong
* Friendly Grocer Glossodia, Shop 8/162 Golden Valley Drive, Glossodia

3 Reverse Vending Machines:

* Australian Hotel, 1 Pitt Town Rd, McGraths Hill
* Aventus Centre, 264-272 Windsor Rd, McGraths Hill
* Bligh Park Tavern, 101 Ham St, Windsor

For more information about the Return and Earn scheme please visit http://www.hawkesbury.nsw.gov.au/environment/waste-management/waste-and-recycling/return-and-earn or https://returnandearn.org.au

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