Environment Minister Gabrielle Upton has confirmed that Campbelltown will not be left out the much-hyped container deposit scheme.
The scheme – billed as the “single largest initiative ever undertaken to reduce litter in NSW” by former NSW Premier Mike Baird – will see residents earn 10 cents for every eligible container deposited at a collection point.
The whereabouts of Campbelltown collection points have not been revealed however Ms Upton told the Advertiser that they would be up and running by the official December 1 roll-out date.
“There will be many collection sites in Campbelltown and the Macarthur region by December 1,” she said.
“Return and Earn will be an environmental game-changer.
“The rollout is a massive logistical exercise which is why it started weeks ago.
“Collection sites will be announced once they are finalised.”
Campbelltown MP Greg Warren said he had requested details regarding locations from the minister but had not received any.
He welcomed the news that the machines would be located in Campbelltown as he didn’t believe residents would be willing to drive to Spring Farm to deposit the containers.
“We can’t expect people to load up their cars and haul their empty cans and bottles out to Spring Farm – we need a collection point here in Campbelltown for our growing community to make use of,” he said.
“This container deposit scheme has the potential to massively reduce litter in our community and improve recycling rates, but in order for it to be a success we must have collection points located locally.”
Mr Warren also called on companies with supermarkets in the area to be proactive and request a machine be installed.
An Environment Protection Authority spokesman said locations of new machines would be announced as they were finalised.
A map on returnandearn.org.au would also be regularly updated.