The Great Lakes Women's Shelter has demonstrated it is more than a safe refuge for displaced women and children.
At this year's Keep Australia Beautiful NSW 2019 Tidy Towns Awards, held earlier this month, the shelter earned a highly commended in the Return and Earn Litter Prevention Award for Non-profits in Category E (population more than 20,000).
The Forster-Tuncurry-based organisation was recognised for its work to fundraise for crisis accomodation for women and children.
Funds were raised through the Return and Earn container recycling scheme, which gives a 10c refund per bottle or can.
The Great Lakes Women's Shelter is utilising Return and Earn to raise funds to support construction of a new purpose-built facility and to help with the day-to-day operating costs of existing services.
The shelter is able to collect large volumes of eligible containers via donations from the community, as well as by setting up collection bins in areas of high tourist traffic, such as caravan parks.
Members of the public have also been invited to donate their refunds to the shelter when they return eligible containers.
They are able to do this directly through some of the local Reverse Vending Machines, or by using a unique barcode.
The Litter Prevention Award Category is supported by the Return and Earn NSW container deposit scheme.