Statewide donations announced for bushfire fund

Picture: Supplied
Picture: Supplied

People across the state can, until the end of this month, donate their 10c refund from recycling reverse vending machines to Bega Valley Shire Council’s Mayoral Appeal Fund

Norwegian company Tomra, who operate the NSW government’s Return and Earn container deposit scheme alongside Cleanaway, announced the statewide move on Wednesday.

“It’s such an easy way for people to help out others in need and our team have worked very hard to make this happen quickly, so we ask everyone to give as generously as they can this month,” Tomra CEO Ryan Buzzel.

The company said users can choose the “donate” option on the reverse vending machine’s screen when returning their containers, and selecting “Tathra Bushfire Appeal”.

“The money will go toward the people of Tathra affected by the bushfires - helping them to re-build their lives following the disaster,” the company said.

Leading environmental group Take 3 for the Sea, currently one of the major donation partners on the reverse vending machines, agreed to be removed throughout April to allow for the donation process.

“It’s a terrible thing for anyone to have to experience, so we were really keen to do what we could and I hope that people will find it in their hearts to help the people of Tathra get back on their feet again,” Take 3 for the Sea co-founder Tim Silverwood said.