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Orange's new indoor Return and Earn will soon be accepting your bottles and cans

November 24, 2022

The new Return and Earn on Endsleigh Avenue. Copyright: David Fitzsimons.

By David Fitzsimons

Orange’s first indoor Return and Earn recycling centre will open in close proximity to the CBD in December.

Work has been continuing to install six recycling machines at the centre in the past few weeks with signs going up in recent days.

A spokeswoman for the recycling scheme said in an email that Orange’s only other Return and Earn centre at the North Orange shopping centre would be retained.

She said the new centre was a “larger format return point”.

It will be in a building formerly used as a polling booth during the federal election, which had also previously been a RAM ute dealership.

The building, on Endsleigh Avenue near Summer Street at the Five Ways intersection, is next to the new Orange City Mazda dealership, where construction work is continuing.

However, parking looks to be in short supply at the site. While six Return and Earn machines are available there appears to be only four or five parking spots out the front of the building.

The scheme operator was asked by The Orange News Examiner about parking but did not comment on it.

“The location of return points is chosen by the network operator to ensure they meet the access needs required to service the machines as well as convenient access for the community,” the statement said.

The spokeswoman said more details about the new centre would be made available closer to its opening in the next few weeks.

It will replace another centre on Edward Street, near the former Electrolux factory, which has closed.

The recycling scheme offers people 10 cents for each eligible drink container put into the machines.

Early voting for the 2022 federal election. Copyright; Orange News Examiner.

Since launching in December 2017 the Environmental Protection Authority's Return and Earn scheme has collected over four billion containers through its 600-plus return points.

"Most 150ml to three litre beverage containers are eligible for a 10 cent refund provided they are made from glass, plastic, aluminium, steel or liquid paperboard," stated the EPA. "These are the containers most regularly found in the litter stream."

A state government proposal to expand Return and Earn to include other beverage containers including wine and spirits bottles is currently open for public consultation until December 2.

You can have your say on the EPA website.

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