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Recycling to help Australia's koalas

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People who recycle can now help the environment in more ways than one by opting to donate their container refund to support Australia’s bushfire-devastated wildlife.

Recyclers in NSW, Queensland and the Northern Territory will have the option to donate their 10 cents container deposit scheme cashback to wildlife charity WWF Australia which is providing ongoing care to wildlife affected by the summer’s bushfires.

NSW Environment Minister Matt Kean on Monday said the funds will go towards installing artificial watering stations, additional food drops and revegetation efforts.

“Our koala populations have been absolutely decimated as a result of the fires that swept through NSW,” Mr Kean told reporters on Monday.

“In fact we’ve lost over a quarter of the koala habitat in this state, so that’s why it’s really important for people to get behind this initiative.”

The initiative, dubbed “Cans for Koalas” by the NSW government, will run from February 24 until August 23.

Consumers will be able to choose to donate their 10c refund by selecting “Cans for Koalas” on all “return and earn” reverse-vending machines.

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