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Rural Aid's Buy A Bale campaign will soon be on option on Return and Earn machines across the Upper Hunter

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Rural Aid's Buy A Bale campaign will soon be an option on the Return and Earn Reverse Vending Machines across New South Wales. 

The company behind the machines, TOMRA, made the announcement today that from August 27th Buy A Bale will be an option on the machines when residents return their plastic bottles for the 10 cent refund. 

Until the end of August, you can still choose to give your 10 cent refund to Buy A Bale by using a barcode which can be found on their website: www.mytomra.com.au

TOMRA CEO Ryan Buzzell said they were inspired to make the move after the community's eagerness to help drought-stricken farmers.

“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.”

“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 for NSW farmers! So we’re encouraging everyone to give as generously as they can over the next 4 months,” said Ryan Buzzell.

It is a simple way to help farmers with every 200 containers returned providing one small bale of hay for a farmer, every 1,100 containers will purchase a larger bale and every 95,000 containers returned is equal to a semi-trailer load of hay.

Rural Aid co-founder Charles Alder said one bale of hay does more than just feed a cow for local farmers.

“Even at the best of times, our farmers and rural communities are faced with some of the most severe conditions, so every donation, no matter how small, can mean the difference between devastation and survival.”

“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,“ said Charles Alder.

The initiative will run for four months.

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