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NSW Return and Earn2024-05-20T22:20:46+10:00

NSW’s largest litter reduction initiative

Littering impacts all of us. It spoils our environment, costs millions of dollars to clean up, and depletes our recyclable resources.

The NSW Return and Earn scheme has contributed to a 40% reduction in litter with a 52% overall reduction in the volume of drink container litter since its launch in December 2017 to June 2020, and continues to reduce the litter pollution entering our environment.

Along with our partners Cleanaway, we are proud to be playing a key role in the Return and Earn scheme, by providing over 1,200 TOMRA reverse vending machines across NSW.

Together with Cleanaway, over 2 billion containers are being returned and processed every year. All of these containers are being recycled – most of them back into new containers again.

  • NSW Return and Earn Reverse Vending Machine
  • Bottle being placed into NSW Return and Earn Reverse Vending Machine

Return Point Types

How to get a refund at a R&E Reverse Vending Machine

What’s Eligible?

Most beverage containers (larger than 150ml and smaller than 3L) that are made from aluminium, glass, plastic, steel and liquid paperboard are eligible for a 10c refund when returned to a Return and Earn Reverse Vending Machine.

Do not crush the containers or remove the labels as our scanners will need to identify the shape, label and barcode to register the refund. Recyclers can leave their lids on when returning your containers.

Eligible containers:

  • Eligible Containers
  • Aluminium Cans - Eligible
  • Glass Bottles - Eligible
  • Plastic Bottles - Eligible
  • Paperboard Cartons - Eligible

Ineligible containers:

  • Ineligible Containers
  • Fruit Juice Cartons - Ineligible
  • Cordial Bottles - Ineligible
  • Wine and Spirit Bottles - Inelligible
  • Milk Containers - Ineligible

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