Government forced to move two Return and Earn machines

Two Return and Earn machines have already been relocated in the Illawarra - but the government won't say if there has been any more. Pcture: John Veage
Two Return and Earn machines have already been relocated in the Illawarra - but the government won't say if there has been any more. Pcture: John Veage

Two Illawarra Return and Earn machines have had to be relocated after complaints from residents – but the government won’t say whether that meant the process was flawed.

The government changed planning laws to allow it to place the machines without having to notify neighbours or seek council approval.

This year, contractor Tomra Cleanaway has had to move two machines – one at Berkeley and a second at Fairy Meadow – after residents complained to the Mercury and local MPs.

A spokesman for the EPA declined to say whether any other machines in the Illawarra had been relocated.

Nor would he comment as to whether having to move the machines indicated that placing them without consultation was a mistake.

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