As part of the scheme, you can receive a refund for most aluminium, glass, plastic, steel and liquid paperboard beverage containers between 150ml and 3L.
The container refund scheme aims to reduce the amount of beverage container litter in the environment. Eligible containers are most commonly consumed away from home and make up most container litter in the environment.
TOMRA Reverse Vending Machines allow you to return your containers quickly and get your refund right away. Simply return your containers into the chute, and then use the screen to select how you would like to get your refund.
A Reverse Vending Machine is your high-tech option to return empty eligible containers for recycling. Simply insert your empty containers into the chute at the front of the machine. Containers will be scanned to ensure they are eligible for a refund.
When you’ve finished depositing the containers, the Reverse Vending Machine will issue the refund.
You have the choice of how to receive your refund, as an e-Voucher, printed voucher, or you can donate to a charity, school, sports or community group.
Containers deposited at a container refund point will be sorted by material type and prepared for collection and transportation to a processing centre, where the materials are tightly compacted and prepared for recycling.
Containers are then sold via an online auction platform into domestic and export markets to an approved recycler where the material is recycled into new materials or back into beverage containers.
Evidence of your legal entity (ie. Certificate of your incorporated association, or your parent organisation letter or authority to fundraise if you are using an ABN that doesn’t belong to your organisation, ACNC Certificate….)
A copy of ABN (visit or click on the ABR Lookup Website where you can save a PDF copy)
Proof of Bank details: either a pre-printed bank deposit slip OR Bank Statement header OR Bank Information in PDF Format on Company Letterhead signed by appropriate Management; this proof must clearly state your 1- account name, 2- BSB and 3- your account number
Logo: it must be at least 500pixels High and at least 500 pixels wide. You are able to edit, zoom in or out, and align the logo directly on the platform.
Your logo or image must be at least 500 pixels High AND at least 500 pixels wide. To ensure your listing on the myTOMRA App looks professional, the logo or image you are attaching to your application must meet these specifications. It can be round, square or rectangular as long as it is larger than 500 pixels in both width and height.
You will not be able to proceed with your application unless it matches these dimensions. Please also note that if the logo or the image you provide is not satisfactory (ie. blurry, or out of proportion), we will upload a generic image.
If you are having issues with your logo, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
In case you forget the email address you’ve used to sign up after you’ve created your campaign, please contact us at email@example.com and confirm the name of your fundraising campaign and/or the name of your organisation.
The registration is a 2-step process that takes about 10 to 15 minutes.
To make it quicker, start collecting the information you need to complete your registration: evidence of your legal status (ie. ACNC certificate, certificate of incorporation for associations, affiliation with your federation for sports clubs, ACNC certificate, etc…), PDF copy of ABN registration, one proof of bank details, and one logo/image.
This information doesn’t get published on the app., this is for internal purposes only.
Your “Awareness and Engagement plan” is a simple list (4-5 bullet points) that shows the activities that demonstrate your ability and willingness to use your own resources, networks, social media assets, media partners, promotional activities and other reasonable means to raise awareness about your fundraising campaign with Return and Earn and to encourage people in the community to recycle and to donate the proceeds from eligible containers, to the mutual benefit of the donation partner, the Return and Earn scheme and TOMRA.
It’s important to create a campaign that resonates with BOTH your community of supporters AND the wider “Return and Earn” community. Make your campaign relevant, advise us of where the funds will be spent, and what the impact these donations will have on your community.
When possible, adapt your dollar handles so they are relevant to a “Return and Earn” donor. There is no small donation and we recommend you provide examples of how 5, 10, 20, 50 or 100 drink container refunds donated can help you and how it will have a positive impact on the community your organisation is supporting (ie: “5 drink containers could help us deliver 1 meal to someone in need”, “20 bottles or cans helps us provide bandages for an injured koala”).
Give your campaign a name and make it relevant to the Return and Earn community – to better engage your supporters and the wider community, specify how the funds raised will benefit the community. (ie: “5 drink containers help us deliver a meal to someone in need”, “20 bottles or cans donated helps us provide bandages for an injured koala”, “50 drink containers provide a dignity pack to someone fleeing domestic violence “Donating 10-50 bottles or cans will help us provide a daily meal of premium food for an Assistance Dog puppy in training…)
Select start/end date – setting an ambitious and attainable deadline is a powerful motivator but allow a reasonable amount of time to achieve your goals. The duration of your fundraising campaign must be set from a minimum of 3 months and up to 1 year.
Set a target – set a target that will inspire your community to help you reach it. Remember, one eligible bottle or can donated is worth 10 cents so set a target that is challenging but not impossible to reach.
When you donate through the myTOMRA app, the machine will not print a tax receipt. Instead, the myTOMRA app user can download a receipt of their donation from within the app, as well as a full summary of their donations.
They just need to go to the ‘Refunds’ menu, select the ‘Export’ icon at the top of the screen. Select the date range and a report/tax receipt will be sent to your nominated email address for all donations made to a charity that has obtained the DGR status with the Australian Tax Office.
Yes, the barcode will still be accepted at our machines. However, this new functionality has many advantages both for your organisation and your supporters.
As an organisation listed on the app, you can see in real-time how many donations and how much your campaign is generating.
Plus you get a weekly report, and payment is made automatically to your nominated bank account. As for your supporters, they can track your campaign live on their phone, keep a record of all their donations and if you have obtained the DGR status with the Australian Tax Office, they can even get a tax-deductible receipt directly sent to their inbox.
Through a retail voucher or E-voucher, which can be redeemed as cash at the Coconut Grove recycling centre. The E-voucher is only available through the myTOMRA app. The myTOMRA app can be downloaded here.
Directly to your PayPal account via the myTOMRA app, which can be paid into to your bank account or used for online purchases. The myTOMRA app can be downloaded here.
Donated directly to a charity or community organisation listed on the Reverse Vending Machine or on the myTOMRA App. 100% of the money you donate will go to the charity you choose.
It’s easy to donate to a charity, school or community group. Simply return your containers at a Reverse Vending Machine and select the “Donate” option at the end of your session. You will then be given a menu to select which organisation you would like to donate to.
Select your preferred organisation and press the “Confirm” button to donate. Please note 100% of the money you donate will be given to the charity.
Organisations who want to become a donation partner with TOMRA Recycling Centres are required to satisfy the eligibility criteria as outlined on the application form which can be downloaded here.
If your organisation is a school, sporting club, charity, or a not-for-profit community group and you satisfy the eligibility criteria you can apply to become a donation partner by completing the application form found on our Charity and Community page here and returning it with the supporting documentation to firstname.lastname@example.org
Organisations have a variety of ways they can get involved to help raise funds;
School, sporting club, charity, or a not-for-profit community groups can apply to become a donation partner on a Reverse Vending Machines at their local TOMRA Recycling Centres and receive donations from people using the machine who choose to donate.
Organisations that have year-round contact with a large community of members (e.g. a school or sporting club) can become a local container collection point. Members of their community can then drop off and donate their eligible containers, equivalent to a 10-cent donation to the organisation.
Smaller organisations, or those who have more sporadic contact with their community or membership base, may wish to run container collection drives at set times during the year. For example at a local fundraising event members and the wider community would be able to donate their eligible containers. Mobile collection cages will be available for hire from your local TOMRA Recycling Centre.
To register your interest in becoming a donation partner please contact us.