Return and Earn Reverse Vending Machine (RVM) operator TOMRA recently launched a new world-class beverage recycling centre in Granville, which is the first of its kind in NSW.
“Despite a couple of last-minute hitches, we opened as planned on Valentine’s Day and I’m pleased to say that customers did indeed love it! We’ve had a really positive response from everyone that has come to the Centre so far,” said Markus Fravel, TOMRA director, strategy and business development.
“They are delighted with the fact that every machine takes all material types and hence they no longer have to sort out and separate their glass containers from their lightweight containers.
“The Granville Return and Earn RVM was one of the top performing RVMs in NSW in 2018.The high volume of containers being returned at the RVM made it the perfect location for the new world-class recycling facility.”
Granville recyclers are now able to use the new facility, which includes nine RVMs, each of which accepts glass bottles, plastic bottles, cartons and aluminium cans all on the same machine.
The community can also take advantage of a new bag drop service, while TOMRA’s bulk commercial sorting system is perfect for businesses and community groups with high numbers of containers to process.
TOMRA will also be offering a pick-up service for local businesses and community groups that want to make recycling their containers even easier and more rewarding.
“The centre will provide additional options for the local community in and around Granville, as well as bulk refund options for commercial consumers, which will encourage the hospitality industry and other businesses to get involved,” Fravel said.
“It is the only facility of its kind in NSW with a full suite of RVMs, bulk processing and bag drop services. It has been fitted with nine RVMs, and unlike other sites, each machine will accept all containers at the one machine.
“The new centre has sufficient capacity to divert tens of millions of containers every year away from litter and landfill. Containers collected through the Return and Earn scheme are free of contamination and are recycled, mostly back into containers.
“The scheme has recently passed 1.5 billion in total collections and over time, we expect return rates to rise further as our infrastructure is optimised and consumers form new habits.”
According to Ryan Buzzell, TOMRA president, the state-of-the-art centre is a testament to the enthusiasm with which communities across the state, have taken to recycling their drink containers.
“The numbers speak volumes about the willingness of NSW recyclers to tackle container litter in their communities. Nowhere more so than Granville, where container recycling has been so popular that it made total sense for us to build our first state-of-the-art recycling centre there,” Buzzell said.
“We hope it serves as a reminder of the great job the local community is doing in recycling their containers, but also as encouragement for those who aren’t yet making use of the sheme to do so.
“The more people who choose ‘clean-loop’ bottle-to-bottle recycling over other recycling options, the better our chances of reducing the amount of new plastic being produced, and the easier it’ll be to stop container litter ending up in our environment.”
Ronald McDonald House, Westmead was announced as the recycling centre’s inaugural local donation partner, allowing those returning containers at the centre to donate their refunds to a great local cause.
Based on the return rates in Granville in 2018, TOMRA believes that even if locals donated only one in 10 containers, it would amount to almost $30,000 in funds raised over a three-month period.
“Ronald McDonald House is proud to partner with TOMRA and Return and Earn. In a short period of time, the community has helped raise much needed funds for seriously ill children and their families while also helping our environment by recycling, said Arani Duggan, head of marketing and fundraising at Ronald McDonald House Greater Western Sydney.
“It’s a wonderful initiative, giving the community an opportunity to give back. The money raised will go towards keeping our doors open and running our programs that help reduce the impact a child’s serious illness has on a family.”
“The TOMRA Recycling Centre also offer options to donate to The Salvation Army, Interrelate – a not-for-profit provider of relationship services specialising in supporting parents and children, and TAD – a charity helping to change the lives of people living with a disability.
TOMRA’s Granville Recycling Centre can be found at 4 Parramatta Road, Granville, and is open seven days a week from 7am to 7pm (Monday to Friday) and 7am to 5pm (Saturday and Sunday).