Keen recyclers in Southern NSW can now assist farmers doing it tough after Return and Earn partnered with charity Buy a Bale.
Return and Earn network operator TOMRA chief executive Ryan Buzzell said from August 1 users could download and scan a special Buy a Bale barcode when returning their containers to donate their 10 cent refund to the cause.
From August 27 the charity will become an official partner allowing 10 cent refunds to be donated to those affected by the drought without the Buy a Bale barcode.
“After seeing the harsh and unrelenting reality facing our farmers, and being inspired by the wider NSW community’s eagerness to band together in times of need, TOMRA was keen to get involved and provide an easy way for people to help,” Mr Buzzell said.
“With an average of two million containers being returned every day across NSW, if everyone donated just one of every 10 containers they return, we would raise up to $20,000 a day.”
Rural Aid chief executive Charles Alder said a donation could mean the difference between devastation or survival for rural farmers.
“All it takes is something as simple as a bale of hay or a container refund donation to serve as a reminder that the rain might have dried up but Australians’ willingness to support each other never will,” he said.