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Australia: TOMRA Cleanaway Has Woolworths As First Retail Partner

Australia: TOMRA Cleanaway Has Woolworths As First Retail Partner

Woolworths will provide redemption locations for residents to return their containers and receive their refund

The NSW State Government appointed Network Operator of the new Return and Earn Container Deposit Scheme (CDS), TOMRA Cleanaway has stated that Woolworths will be the first retail refund partner when the program will be launched soon.

Consumers will be able to return eligible beverage containers, under the CDS, for recycling in exchange for a 10 cent refund. Up to 180 collection points is aimed to be provided by the arrangement with Woolworths in metro and regional areas of NSW.

For the return of eligible containers, Reverse Vending Machine (RVM) kiosks will be located across the state.

Markus Fraval, Director, Strategy & Business Development, TOMRA Collection said; “We are pleased to have the state's largest retailer, Woolworths on board as the first partner to be announced to provide redemption locations for residents to receive their refund.”

He also added that this would help support the delivery of the scheme in time for the launch and would also provide customers with convenient RVM locations where they can drop off their containers and then redeem their vouchers at a nearby Woolworths supermarket.

The CDS was introduced by the NSW Government as a further initiative to help reduce the volume of litter across the state, with an expected reduction of 40% earmarked by 2020.

An efficient recycling system is provided by the RVMs which ensures containers are collected free of contamination so they can be recycled multiple times in ‘closed loops’. Cleanaway collects containers that are returned to the RVMs and a sorting center processes the containers which are then sold into both domestic and export markets for reprocessing.

“As one of Australia’s largest retailers we are committed to supporting initiatives that help improve and protect the environment,” said Steve Greentree, Managing Director, Woolworths FoodCo. “The agreement with TOMRA Cleanaway will ensure consumers have the option to support this NSW State Government sustainability initiative, with convenient locations to return their containers and claim their refund.” PWKD10102019

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