The South West Rocks Surf Life Saving Club has become a ‘donation site’ for the NSW Government’s ‘Return and Earn’ container deposit scheme.
The donation site was installed just before the NSW Country Championships last weekend so that participants could take eligible drink containers to the site to be recycled and donate the 10 cents per container to the local surf club.
CEO of Surf Life Saving NSW, Steven Pearce, said the program has provided a new way for people to raise funds.
“For every drink container donated, 8-cents goes directly to the local surf club where the containers are deposited.
“The remaining 2-cents will be used by Surf Life Saving NSW to fund community education programs, help train lifesavers and provide lifesaving equipment to our clubs” said Pearce.
“Thanks to the generosity of our members and the community, if we capture just a fraction of the estimated 1.6 billion drink containers to be recycled over the next 20 years through the scheme, it has the potential to become a long-term source of fundraising.”
How Surf Life Saving Club ‘Donation Sites’ work
- Participating Surf Life Saving Clubs will host secure and safe donation ‘cages’ on-site.
- Club and community members will be provided environmentally-friendly and protective bags made from recycled PET to collect and store containers at home, school and/or work.
- At club-designated times, community members can bring collected containers to the local surf club, for drop-off and donation.
- When cages are full, Envirobank Recycling will send a mobile collection truck to collect all containers and empty the cages. Donation proceeds will be recorded with SLSNSW who will dispense the funds to the participating club.
- Clubs will accept aluminium cans and plastic PET bottles. Containers must be empty with lids off.