Return and Earn is the largest litter reduction initiative introduced in NSW.
Littering impacts all of us. It spoils our environment, costs millions of dollars to clean up, and is associated with anti-social behaviour. 160 million drink containers end up as litter in NSW per year. Return and Earn is reducing the number of drink containers in the litter stream – the NSW target of litter reduction is 40% by 2020.
We’re proudly delivering Return and Earn along with our joint venture partners – Cleanaway. We’re providing the Reverse Vending Machines (RVMs) that are used to collect eligible containers, and Cleanaway handles the collection and recycling of the containers. 100% of all containers collected through Return and Earn are recycled.
Return and Earn can be accessed for returns if it is in line with the most recent advice from the NSW Government, Public Health Order. Recent orders limit the reasons for people leaving their homes without a reasonable excuse. People continuing to use the Return and Earn scheme need to ensure they comply with the latest public health orders.
How to use a reverse vending machine
- If you’d like a digital refund, scan your myTOMRA App barcode at the start of your session. If you prefer a voucher, just begin inserting your containers.
- Insert your empty containers into the chute at the front of the reverse vending machine.
- When you’re finished, select your preferred payout method on the screen:
Retail refund: Take a printed voucher from the machine for a cash refund or saving at participating retailers.
Direct Bank Transfer: Download the myTOMRA app and choose Bank Transfer, to transfer the refund to your nominated bank account. Bank transfers take one business day.
PayPal payout: Download the myTOMRA app and link it to PayPal, to transfer the refund to your account.
E-Voucher refund: Download the myTOMRA app and set it to E-Voucher – to claim your refund, take the E-voucher to a participating retailer for cash or a discount off your shopping.
Donate your refund: Choose the charity or community fundraiser to donate your refund to. You can do this via the on-screen donation or through the myTOMRA App.
As you insert your containers, the reverse vending machine identifies the type of packaging and sorts the containers into different storage areas behind the machines, ready for pick up by Cleanaway.