Bathurst Recycling is continuing to thrive under the NSW Government’s Return and Earn scheme, hitting a benchmark that reflects the business’s popularity.
Since the partnership commenced in March, over 4 million recyclable items [cans, glass bottles etc.] have been returned to the Gormans Hill depot.
As the only Return and Earn site in the Central West featuring an automated sorting machine, the Bathurst Recycling depot has proven a hit with residents carrying bulk items.
“It has been a great result for us,” Bathurst Recycling owner Craig Clark said.
A key strength of Bathurst Recycling’s Return and Earn services has been their mobile collection initiative, which has seen the business collect bulk loads of recycling from many localities throughout the Central West.
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“We do a bin and box pickup service free of charge throughout the region,” Mr Clark said.
“We’ve been expanding the service as other towns have been finding out about us.”
Since Bathurst Recycling launched their mobile service in September, they have expanded it to Lithgow, Mudgee, Wellington, Orange, Oberon, Blayney and Canowindra.
With the depot turning over around 25,000 to 40,000 items a day, Bathurst Recycling has enjoyed a renewed wave of business since the introduction of Return and Earn.
“We just like meeting new people, and a lot of our customers stop and have a chat when they see us down the street,” Mr Clark said.
“It’s like a family atmosphere here, and it has been wonderful for our social image.”
The success of Bathurst Recycling's service was noted during the recent NSW Cabinet visit, with Minister for the Environment Gabrielle Upton and Member for Bathurst Paul Toole paying a visit to the depot.
“We take pride in helping our customers sort through their recyclables and dispose of them efficiently,” Mr Clark said.
“We try to make it as easy for them as we can.”
Bathurst Recycling is looking to expand their mobile service to Cowra soon, continuing their commitment to cleaning up the Central West’s environment.