The Return and Earn Scheme recently marked two years of operation in NSW and announced that more than 2.7 billion containers have been returned statewide.
Parliamentary Secretary for the Environment James Griffin said the people of NSW should be commended.
"Return and Earn now has over 5 million drink containers returned every day and growing, and an impressive current redemption rate of 67% of eligible drink containers supplied into NSW," Mr Griffin said.
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"This time last year we were celebrating one billion containers returned on the first anniversary of Return and Earn. The growth of the scheme has seen us knocking on the door of three billion a year later."
"Equally significant has been the impact Return and Earn has had on charities, schools and community groups, helping 430 official donation partners and countless other groups to fund a range of programs, resources and assistance for communities in need."
A spokesperson for the EPA confirmed to the Mudgee Guardian that Mudgee's reverse vending machine (RVM) has been no slouch either.
"Return and Earn has been very successful in the Mudgee with more than 7,171,852 million containers returned to the local RVM, helping contribute to more than 2.7 billion containers collected in NSW," they said.
"Over the counter return points are not calculated on the same basis as RVMs and figures are released intermittently."
This averages to over 15,000 containers received every single day by the the Mudgee RVM.
There are return points at Rylstone and Kandos, which are over the counter sites.
Any school, charity, community or sporting group interested in fundraising as a local donation partner can visit the Return and Earn website to find out how to get involved.
The Mudgee RVM, located at Jubilee Oval, accepts cans, cartons, plastic bottles and glass from 8am to 8pm, seven days a week.
Video: How to use Mudgee's RVM