Moama’s deposit facility is not a dumping ground

March 09, 2018

Rubbish has been dumped outside the Return and Earn booth outside of Woolworth in Moama. Photo by Luke Hemer.

THE new Moama return and earn facility was an eyesore on the weekend after lazy litterers used it as a dump for trolleys and empty cardboard boxes.

People likely dumped the boxes at the site after using them to transport empty containers to the collection point.

The NSW Government’s Container Deposit Scheme facility, which was installed just a month ago, allows residents to recycle their bottles, cans and containers for a 10c refund.

The Moama facility has received positive feedback to date, with more than $1400 already collected and about 59,000 containers deposited.

However, council isn’t convinced, with Mayor Chris Bilkey expressing concerns the return centre won’t be able to handle the influx of containers.

And he said this dumping confirmed council’s fears.

“This is disappointing to see and unfortunately this incident reaffirms the concerns council has regarding the inadequacies of the facilities for dealing with large volumes of material,” he said.

Cr Bilkey is also concerned the scheme could lead people from border towns to purchase products in Victoria — thus avoiding the levy on drinks that can be returned for recycling and undercutting NSW-based businesses.

Council has written to the NSW Government with these cross border concerns, requesting they encourage the Victorian Government to participate in a similar scheme.

Tomra Cleanaway, which provides the network of collection points across NSW, said it was dedicated to keeping Moama’s return and earn facility running smoothly — and with minimal mess.

“Tomra Cleanaway is responsible for ensuring the reverse vending machine area is kept clean,” a spokesperson said.

“They provide bins at each reverse vending machine and staff attend and clean sites every day.

“During busy periods where more people are using the reverse vending machines and visiting collection points, Tomra Cleanaway puts additional support arrangements in place.

“If there is an issue the phone number and machine number are listed on the machine so people can call Tomra Cleanaway to report excessive rubbish.”

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