Reverse Vending Powering Ahead

Published on 20 November 2020

Return and Earn Machine

Kiama’s enthusiasm for all things recycling continues with close to one million containers returned to our reverse vending machines so far in 2020.

In nine months 986,721 recyclable containers were processed at our machines in Kiama and Gerringong.

TOMRA, which operates the return and earn machines, has provided a report on the use of our local machines between 1 January and 30 September and the results are fantastic.

The report shows the amount of containers we recycled rather than sending to landfill is approximately 105 cubic metres.

That’s enough to fill 1,311 wheelie bins.

The most important number in the report was the 157 tonnes of Co2 emissions saved as a result of our reverse vending efforts.

“he number of containers we successfully recycled equates to taking 38 cars off the road.

Currently, there are two reverse vending machines in our municipality.

One is in the carpark at the Kiama Village shopping centre, the other in Gerringong at Jubilee Park.

Council this week agreed to extend the licence for the vending machine in Gerringong for another year, with the option for a further year.

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