Expression Of Interest

    Like to be part of the resource revolution and earn rental income?

    Do you own or control a suitable site?

    TOMRA is looking for additional sites for our reverse vending machine kiosks.

    We are interested in easily accessible sites which are convenient to the public and which include:

    • External car parks of medium to large shopping centres or supermarkets
    • Petrol stations or highly visible sites with significant passing traffic
    • Council or privately-owned car parks with high daytime visitation

    If you think your site might qualify, please read on.

     

    About Return & Earn

    Return and Earn is a litter reduction initiative of the NSW Government which commenced on 1 December 2017. Return and Earn has around 650 collection points across the State where NSW consumers can return eligible bottles, cans and cartons to obtain a refund of 10 cents per container. Return and Earn has already collected and recycled more than 1.6 billion drink containers.

    About TOMRA

    TOMRA operates around 320 reverse vending machine kiosks around NSW as part of the State Government’s Return and Earn container deposit scheme.  TOMRA’s reverse vending machine network has helped collect over 1.6 billion used beverage containers since the Scheme commenced.

    Millions of NSW consumers now return their containers via TOMRA’s RVM network and receive their refunds electronically or through our partners including Woolworths, Coles and IGA. TOMRA’s reverse vending machine kiosks support charities across the state. They also bring visitors and revenue to the shopping centres in which they are located.

    TOMRA is in the process of optimising and expanding our network. We are seeking sites at shopping and other suitable locations in specific areas around Sydney and beyond.

    What are the benefits of hosting a reverse vending machine (RVM) kiosk?

    There are multiple benefits in hosting an RVM kiosk. Some depend on the nature of your interest. View our short video on the benefits of RVM kiosks here.

    • For supermarkets or other retailers who become redemption partners, an RVM kiosk nearby will almost certainly increase per capita spend in-store.
    • For Councils, placing a kiosk in a convenient location provides a fundamental service to your local community and helps play a genuine part in the State Government’s litter reduction initiative.
    • RVM kiosks are a tangible and visible way to be ‘part of the solution’ and in particular to addressing the plastics-related environmental challenges affecting our waterways and oceans.
    • TOMRA’s RVM kiosks have a strong connection to charities. We have so far supported 15 major charities and over 300 local charities, community groups and schools around NSW.

     

    What exactly are we looking for (site selection criteria)?

    We are interested in easily accessible sites which are convenient to the public including:

    • External car parks of medium to large shopping centres or supermarkets
    • Petrol stations or highly visible sites with significant passing traffic
    • Council or privately-owned car parks with high daytime visitation

    To be eligible, a site must be external and on grade; it should be relatively flat (slope < 5 degrees); it must allow collection truck access 24/7; and it should have power available or nearby.

    A reverse vending machine kiosk together with space for customers at the front and for collecting the containers from the rear, typically takes around four car parking spaces or around 45 square metres. For more information, see our detailed site checklist here.

    Which areas are we seeking sites in?

    We are interested in numerous suburbs including many where we already have a reverse vending machine kiosk and we are seeking to supplement it to meet demand.  An alphabetical list of suburbs and locations follows below. You can also see our areas of interest marked on a map here.

    Albury, Alexandria, Armidale, Arncliffe, Artarmon, Ashbury, Ashfield, Balmain , Banksia, Bankstown, Bathurst, Bexley, Birchgrove, Bondi, Bonnyrigg, Botany, Bronte, Cabramatta, Cammeray, Campsie, Carlingford, Cessnock, Chatswood, Chifley, Clovelly, Coogee, Crows Nest, Croydon, Daceyville, Double Bay, Drummoyne, Dulwich Hill, Dundas Valley, Eastgardens, Eastwood, Enmore, Ermington, Erskineville, Forster, Gladesville, Glebe, Gordon, Haberfield, Hillsdale, Hornsby, Hunters Hill, Hurstville, Kempsey, Killara, Kingsgrove, Lane Cove, Leichhardt, Lidcombe, Lindfield, Liverpool, Longueville, Macquarie Park, Manly, Maroubra, Mascot, Matraville, McGraths Hill, Meadowbank, Milsons Point, Miranda, Moore Park, Mount Druitt, Mount Pritchard, Neutral Bay, Newcastle CBD, Newtown, North Ryde, North Sydney, Northbridge, Paddington, Pagewood, Parramatta, Potts Point, Putney, Pymble, Pyrmont, Randwick, Raymond Terrace, Redfern, Rhodes, Rockdale, Rosebery, Rosehill, Rozelle, Rydalmere, Ryde, St Ives, Surry Hills, Sydney CBD, Tempe, Turramurra, Ulladulla, Ultimo, Umina, Wahroonga, Warwick Farm, Waverly, Pymble, Pymble West, Willoughby, Winston Hills, Woolwich.

    What is involved operationally?

    If you have never used a reverse vending machine kiosk, check out the video here.

    • Customers come and park nearby. They can obtain their refund in three ways (voucher redeemable for cash or credit; electronic payment via Paypal, donation to charities).
    • TOMRA keeps the sites and the equipment clean and also maintains the equipment.
    • RVM’s are smart and cloud-connected – we know every container collected and we also also know ahead of time when a kiosk is full and ready to empty . . .
    • Collections are managed by Cleanaway, Australia’s largest waste management company.
    • TOMRA has a call centre open 7 days and all operating houses.
    What is the process and timeline if I propose a site?
    • You use the form on this site (further below) to nominate a site.
    • If you’ve provided all the necessary information, we make a preliminary assessment of the site using Google Maps and other tools.
    • We let you know if it progresses to next stage or not – usually within a week
    • We make a physical assessment on site
    • We let you know if it progresses to next stage or not
    • We make you an offer based on the suitability and location of the site and provide you with a copy of our standard form of contract.
    • We reach agreement
    • We prepare the site, install the RVM kiosk and commence operations.
    • We’ve done it on over 320 occasions so we’re not going to waste your time or ours!
    Do’s and don’ts for proposing a site
    • Please don’t propose a site that you don’t own or have management control over.
    • Please do make sure that you have checked that your site is in a location that we are seeking and also that it meets our site selection criteria (see above).
    • Please also make sure you answer the questions in the form below and provide us the information we need. This will make it more likely we can progress your expression of interest.
    How do I propose a site?