WAGGA'S Return and Earn sites have helped contribute to a statewide milestone of more than four billion containers recycled since the scheme began in late 2017.
With recycling facilities located at Lake Albert, Gurwood Street and Fox Street in Wagga, as well as the Vinnies Bulk Container Deposit Centre on Hammond Avenue, the city alone has returned more than 52 million containers.
Gurwood Street's reverse vending machine is particularly popular, with more than 20.8 million containers returned.
The Vinnies centre has received more than 14 million containers since it opened in April 2019, and state manager Jon D'Astoli said the Wagga facility was one of just six in NSW.
"Wagga's centre sees between 400-500 customers on an average week, and while many are returning customers, we encourage everyone to participate," he said.
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Aside from the benefit to the environment and economic circulation, employment and volunteering opportunities created at the Vinnies site are having a positive outcome on the community, particularly amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
Three full-time employees work at Wagga's depot, as well as two casual staff and the opportunity for volunteers to join.
"We also encourage local businesses to partner with us too, and support each other particularly during these tough times we're experiencing," Mr D'Astoli said.
Local charities like PCYC Wagga, Wagga Urban Landcare, Kooringal Scout Group, ErinEarth, Amy Hurd Early Learning Centre and Henwood Park Soccer and Sporting Club have all benefited as partners with the scheme.