Ulladulla has an extra return point following South Coast MP Shelley Hancock's announcement of the a new Return and Earn reverse vending machine at the Ulladulla Marketplace.
There are now three Return and Earn machines in the Milton Ulladulla area, the other two are located at the Mollymook Bowling and Recreation Club and the Milton Ulladulla Ex Servos Club.
Mrs Hancock said Return and Earn is the largest litter reduction initiative to be introduced in NSW.
"The South Coast community have already returned more than 67.5 million containers for recycling through the scheme since it launched more than two years ago which is an incredible effort," Mrs Hancock said.
"By using a return point, in combination with your household recycling collection, we can all do our bit to reduce the volume of littered containers in our environment while being rewarded for our efforts.
"This new return point at Ulladulla Marketplace will make participating in Return and Earn even easier for local residents."
Consumers receive a 10c refund for each eligible bottle, can or carton they return.
Users of the Ulladulla Marketplace machine will have the option to print a voucher for the refund amount, redeemable at Woolworths, or alternatively they can opt for an e-voucher or payment into their PayPal account by downloading the MyTOMRA app before visiting.
They can also choose to donate their refund to one of the donation partners available on the machine. The current donation partners on the new RVM are the Cans for Koalas appeal in support of WWF's Australian Wildlife and Nature Recovery Fund and Assistance Dogs Australia.
"I would like to encourage local South Coast community groups, schools, sports groups and charities to consider applying to be a local donation partner on the machine so people returning containers to the site can choose to donate them their refund," Mrs Hancock said.
"So far more than 430 groups have featured as donation partners on RVMs across NSW, raising over $1million in donated refunds."
Return and Earn is currently open and can be accessed for returns if it is in line with the most recent advice from the NSW Government Public Health Order.
In accordance with government advice, anyone visiting a Return and Earn return point needs to maintain social distancing of at least 1.5 metres from others, practice good hygiene and stay home if they feel unwell.
'Touch-free recycling' has also been introduced at all RVMs, enabling users to return their cans, bottles and containers easily without needing to touch the machine. More information is available online.
Mrs Hancock said the Ulladulla Marketplace return point is one of more than 631 return points available across the state.
"Return and Earn continues to prosper, with over 3.5 billion containers deposited for recycling across NSW since the initiative began. The growth of the scheme has been phenomenal and highlights a fundamental change in people's thinking and behaviour around litter," Mrs Hancock said.
The new return point is located at Ulladulla Marketplace, 116 Princes Highway, Ulladulla and is open for returns from 7am to 7pm daily.
For more information on Return and Earn including container eligibility, how to become a local donation partner or the status of your nearest return point, visit returnandearn.org.au.