Return and Earn bulk collection point opening soon

Friday, 02 February

Lismore City Council will open a Return and Earn bulk collection point for people with 100+ eligible containers on Wednesday, 7 February at the Lismore Recycling & Recovery Centre in Wyrallah Road.

The facility will be open three days per week – Wednesday and Thursday from 7am to 4pm and Saturdays from 9am to 4pm.

The bulk collection point is aimed at businesses and community organisations who have collected bulk containers, but can be used by anyone with over 100 containers.

“This is a great way for schools and sporting clubs to fundraise and make money for special projects, and teach students or members the value of recycling right in our community,” Lismore City Council Business Development Coordinator Danielle Hanigan said.

“The bulk collection point will provide cash refunds only, or we can arrange direct deposits for groups or schools who will be recycling on a regular basis.”

Danielle reminded people that only eligible containers will acquire a refund. She said no crushed cans or broken bottles will be accepted, and urged patience at the new facility as it is expected to be busy.

“We urge people to please only bring containers that are eligible for a refund or to recycle them responsibly,” Danielle said.

“We expect the bulk collection to be used by a high volume of people and we urge patience. Because of behaviour we have seen in other areas we want to be clear with our community that we expect all visitors to be polite to staff and other patrons. We ask all visitors to act in a safe and responsible way and follow our traffic control and instructions at all times.”

Those visiting the bulk collection point will not have to go over the weighbridge – simply follow the signage on-site at the Lismore Recycling & Recovery Centre.

Residents should also be aware that anyone who brings in more than 500 containers at one time will be required to complete a statutory declaration to state that the containers have been purchased within NSW.

If you have questions regarding the new bulk collection point, phone Council on 1300 87 83 87.
Return and Earn rules
Containers cannot be broken or crushed, as the barcode must be able to be scanned by the counting machine. Any containers that are unable to be scanned will not be eligible for a refund.

Which containers can be returned for a refund?
Most 150ml to three-litre drink containers will be eligible for a 10-cent refund. Containers that may be eligible for a refund include:

  • Glass
  • Plastic
  • Aluminium
  • Steel
  • Liquid paperboard (cartons)

Containers should be empty, uncrushed, unbroken and have the original label attached. Wine, spirits, cordial and plain milk containers are generally not eligible. If a container isn't eligible for a refund, please place in your yellow recycling bin or in the recycling skips at the Brewster Street Drop-off Centre.

Which containers aren't eligible for a refund?
Containers that cannot be deposited for a refund include:

  • Plain milk (or milk substitute) containers
  • Flavoured milk containers of one litre or more
  • Pure fruit or vegetable juice containers of one litre or more
  • Glass containers for wine and spirits
  • Casks (plastic bladders in boxes) for wine or water of one litre or more
  • Sachets for wine of 250ml or more
  • Containers for cordials and concentrated fruit/vegetable juices
  • Registered health tonics

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