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Every year, more than 160 million drink containers end up as litter in NSW.

Return and Earn is a major litter reduction initiative from the NSW Government.  Providing a 10 cent refund on all eligible drink containers will positively encourage consumer behaviour, resulting in a substantial reduction in litter. TOMRA Cleanaway provides the network of collection points to facilitate refunds across NSW.  

The consumer has three ways to claim the 10 cent eligible container refund –reverse vending machines, over-the-counter collection points in selected retail outlets and at automated depots and counting centres for volume refunds. The Scheme also provides a refund donation opportunity for registered charities and community groups to fundraise through collecting and returning eligible containers.

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Every year, more than 160 million drink containers end up as litter in NSW.

Return and Earn is a major litter reduction initiative from the NSW Government.  Providing a 10 cent refund on all eligible drink containers will positively encourage consumer behaviour, resulting in a substantial reduction in litter. TOMRA Cleanaway provides the network of collection points to facilitate refunds across NSW.  

The consumer has three ways to claim the 10 cent eligible container refund –reverse vending machines, over-the-counter collection points in selected retail outlets and at automated depots and counting centres for volume refunds. The Scheme also provides a refund donation opportunity for registered charities and community groups to fundraise through collecting and returning eligible containers.

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You can contribute directly to Return and Earn by being an active partner in the collection point network.

Over-the-counter collection points

An over-the-counter (OTC) collection point is a place you can take smaller quantities of eligible drink containers (usually up to 100 containers).  The collection point operator will ensure the containers are eligible, and are uncrushed and unbroken.  After verifying and counting, a refund of 10 cent per container is provided in cash.

Participating in the scheme as an over-the-counter collection point operator provides real benefits to you and your business

  • Attract customers to your stores.
  • Earn extra revenue from the Return and Earn handling fee for each eligible drink container received.
  • Actively support the reduction of litter and drive positive recycling behaviours.

Over-the-counter collection point operators will play an important role in the success of Return and Earn in NSW.

Over-the-counter collection points

An over-the-counter (OTC) collection point is a place you can take smaller quantities of eligible drink containers (usually up to 100 containers).  The collection point operator will ensure the containers are eligible, and are uncrushed and unbroken.  After verifying and counting, a refund of 10 cent per container is provided in cash.

Participating in the scheme as an over-the-counter collection point operator provides real benefits to you and your business

  • Attract customers to your stores.
  • Earn extra revenue from the Return and Earn handling fee for each eligible drink container received.
  • Actively support the reduction of litter and drive positive recycling behaviours.

Over-the-counter collection point operators will play an important role in the success of Return and Earn in NSW.

Reverse vending machines

A reverse vending machine (RVM) facilitates a simple and efficient way of returning eligible drink containers for a 10 cent refund.  It will take up to 500 eligible containers in any one transaction.  

The RVM is the opposite of a vending machine – the consumer simply places empty, uncrushed and unbroken drink containers into the RVM where they are scanned and processed. If eligible, the RVM will provide a refund in one of three ways:

  1. Digital refund: receive your refund via electronic funds transfer to your registered PayPal account via the myTOMRA app.
  2. Retail refund: receive a voucher you can redeem for cash or an in-store credit at a participating retailer eg Woolworths supermarkets.
  3. Donate refund: Consumers can also donate their refund to a nominated charity or community group.  

These machines do not hold cash.  

Participating in the scheme through hosting an RVM provides real benefits to you and your business:

  • Attract additional customers to your site/s.
  • Earn extra revenue from the Return and Earn handling fee for each eligible drink container received.
  • Actively support the reduction of litter and drive positive recycling behaviours.

Reverse vending machines

A reverse vending machine (RVM) facilitates a simple and efficient way of returning eligible drink containers for a 10 cent refund.  It will take up to 500 eligible containers in any one transaction.  

The RVM is the opposite of a vending machine – the consumer simply places empty, uncrushed and unbroken drink containers into the RVM where they are scanned and processed. If eligible, the RVM will provide a refund in one of three ways:

  1. Digital refund: receive your refund via electronic funds transfer to your registered PayPal account via the myTOMRA app.
  2. Retail refund: receive a voucher you can redeem for cash or an in-store credit at a participating retailer eg Woolworths supermarkets.
  3. Donate refund: Consumers can also donate their refund to a nominated charity or community group.  

These machines do not hold cash.  

Participating in the scheme through hosting an RVM provides real benefits to you and your business:

  • Attract additional customers to your site/s.
  • Earn extra revenue from the Return and Earn handling fee for each eligible drink container received.
  • Actively support the reduction of litter and drive positive recycling behaviours.

Automated depots

An automated depot provides consumers with a high volume (over 500 eligible containers) collection point.  The automated depot has a mechanical scanning and counting system that provides for efficient processing of bulk lodgements.  Refunds are processed as a retail refund.  Donations and digital refunds are not available from automated depots.    

Automated depots will earn extra revenue from the Return and Earn handling fee for each eligible drink container received.

Automated depots

An automated depot provides consumers with a high volume (over 500 eligible containers) collection point.  The automated depot has a mechanical scanning and counting system that provides for efficient processing of bulk lodgements.  Refunds are processed as a retail refund.  Donations and digital refunds are not available from automated depots.    

Automated depots will earn extra revenue from the Return and Earn handling fee for each eligible drink container received.

Charities and community groups

The scheme provides the opportunity for registered charities, schools, community and sporting groups to benefit. These groups can seek donations of eligible drink containers from the community that they can then redeem for the refund at an approved collection point.

Charities and community groups

The scheme provides the opportunity for registered charities, schools, community and sporting groups to benefit. These groups can seek donations of eligible drink containers from the community that they can then redeem for the refund at an approved collection point.

Donation partners

Eligible groups can apply to become a donation partner and be featured on the reverse vending machine (RVM) network. Major donation partners will be featured on all RVMs across NSW and local partners can be featured on individual RVM kiosks or a group of RVM kiosks in their locality.

Each RVM in the network can offer four places for donation partners and usually three of these will be allocated to major donation partners featured state-wide and the other position reserved for local donation partners in individual localities. Donation partners will be rotated every three months to give a wide variety of not-for-profit organisations the opportunity to benefit.

The eligibility criteria for both major and local donation partners can be found here. Subject to balancing of the type of organisations appearing on the RVM network, eligible organisations will generally be added to the RVM network in the order a successful and complete application is received. Application forms can be found below and once completed should be sent to donations.nsw@tomra.com.

Donation partners

Eligible groups can apply to become a donation partner and be featured on the reverse vending machine (RVM) network. Major donation partners will be featured on all RVMs across NSW and local partners can be featured on individual RVM kiosks or a group of RVM kiosks in their locality.

Each RVM in the network can offer four places for donation partners and usually three of these will be allocated to major donation partners featured state-wide and the other position reserved for local donation partners in individual localities. Donation partners will be rotated every three months to give a wide variety of not-for-profit organisations the opportunity to benefit.

The eligibility criteria for both major and local donation partners can be found here. Subject to balancing of the type of organisations appearing on the RVM network, eligible organisations will generally be added to the RVM network in the order a successful and complete application is received. Application forms can be found below and once completed should be sent to donations.nsw@tomra.com.

Register Your Interest

  • For any enquiries about Return and Earn or the network operation, please complete the form below, email enquiries@tcnsw.com.au or call 1800 290 691.
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