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Bathurst residents committed to doing their bit for the environment now also have an added incentive, with the opportunity to support the youth services delivered by Veritas House.

Between now and August 26, people who take their recyclable bottles and cans to the Return and Earn site at the Kelso Op Shop in Lions Drive can elect to click the ‘donate’ button, and instead of receiving a voucher will make a tax deductible donation to Veritas House for all donations over $2.

Most glass, plastic, aluminium, steel and liquid paperboard cartons can be recycled, so it is a great opportunity to not only make a difference to the local environment, but to support a community-based not-for-profit organisation. Veritas House was established in Bathurst 35 years ago and has grown to become one of the largest providers of Foster Care and youth homelessness services in the region, supporting more than 600 children, young people and families each year.

Return and Earn is a litter reduction initiative from the NSW Government, providing a 10 cent refund on all eligible drink containers. For more information on the program visit: