ORANGE’S first Return and Earn collection point will be open from next week, awarding 10-cent refunds for bottles and cans.
The reverse vending machine began installation this week at the North Orange Shopping Centre car park after it arrived on Sunday night.
Knight Frank facilities manager Paul French confirmed only the wiring needed to be completed before it could open on Monday.
Eagerly awaiting the opening was Western parliamentary secretary Rick Colless, who inspected progress on Friday.
“The important thing is the power has been installed and that was the hold-up,” he said.
Reverse vending machines provide refunds via vouchers redeemed at participating retailers, direct payments to the bank via PayPal, or donations to participating charities.
Most drink containers between 150 millilitres and three litres will be eligible for a refund, including glass, plastic, aluminium, steel and cartons.
Containers should be empty, uncrushed, unbroken and have the original label attached.
Wine, spirits, cordial and plain milk containers are generally not eligible – if a container isn't eligible for a refund, use a recycling bin.