Important Notice

    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.

    Return and Earn is the largest litter reduction initiative introduced in NSW – and it has collected over 3 Billion Containers in just 24 months.

    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.

    How to use a reverse vending machine

    1. Insert your empty containers into the chute at the front of the reverse vending machine.
    2. 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.
    Digital refund:
     Download the myTOMRA app and link it to PayPal, to transfer the refund to your account.
    E-Voucher refund: Download the myTOMRA app 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.

    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.