From December 1, drink containers can earn cash and save litter

Litter reduction: Oxley MP Melinda Pavey says the Return and Earn 10 cent Container Deposit Scheme on eligible drink containers is on track to start December 1.
Litter reduction: Oxley MP Melinda Pavey says the Return and Earn 10 cent Container Deposit Scheme on eligible drink containers is on track to start December 1.

With the appointment of the scheme operators, NSW’s  landmark new system Return and Earn 10 cent Container Deposit Scheme is on track to roll out on December 1.

This is the biggest initiative to tackle litter in the state’s history – it will be easy to use, accessible and good for the environment.

It will make a huge difference to the amount of rubbish on our streets, parks and waterways.

It will also provide fundraising opportunities for charities, schools, community and sporting groups.

The scheme’s main features include: more than 500 collection points and 800 reverse vending machines across NSW; the 10 cent refund will be cash, electronic transfer or a voucher for in store redemption; eligible containers include most glass, cans, plastic and paperboard drink containers between 150 millilitres and three litres.

For more information visit: epa.nsw.gov.au/waste/container-deposit-scheme.htm.

Missing Persons Week

This week is set aside to raise awareness of the issues and impacts of missing persons in Australia. Sadly, nearly half those reported missing in NSW last year were younger than 18. More than 5000 missing children reports were lodged in 2016.

Anyone struggling in any way because someone in their life is missing should not hesitate to reach out for support.

If you have concerns or information about a missing person I urge you to contact the police. For more information on National Missing Persons Week go to: missingpersons.gov.au

NSW Carer Awards

The NSW Carer Awards aim to recognise and raise awareness of the valuable contribution unpaid carers make to our community. 

Organisations, employers and education providers who demonstrate best practice in supporting carers can also be nominated for an award. Entries close on August 31. The 2017 NSW Carers Awards coincide with Carers Week, October 15-21. To nominate a carer go to careforacarer.nsw.gov.au/