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How to get involved

Schools, charities, community and sporting groups can fundraise through Return and Earn, simply by collecting eligible containers and redeeming them at collection points for 10 cents each.

Options include:

> Collecting containers (and asking community members to donate their containers to your organisation)

> Becoming a collection point

> Having your organisation listed on reverse vending machines (where the public can choose to directly donate their refunds to you)

To find out more information on how your organisation can participate and fundraise through Return and Earn, click on the relevant fact sheet below. To register your interest to operate a collection point or to become a Return and Earn donation partner click here.

Which containers can be refunded?

Return and Earn has been introduced to reduce drink container litter across NSW. As such, containers that are eligible under the scheme are those most commonly found as litter.

Which containers can be returned for a refund?

Return and Earn Group Eligible Reduced Green Bottle

Most 150ml to three litre drink containers will be eligible for a 10 cent refund at an approved NSW collection point. Container materials that may be eligible for a refund include:

  • Glass
  • Plastic
  • Aluminium
  • Steel
  • Liquid paperboard (cartons)

Containers should be empty, uncrushed, unbroken and have the original label attached. Wine, spirits, cordial and plain milk containers are generally not eligible.

If a container isn't eligible for a refund, please use a recycling bin.

Which containers aren't eligible for a refund?

Return and Earn Group Non Eligible

Containers that can’t be deposited for a refund include:

  • Plain milk (or milk substitute) containers
  • Flavoured milk containers of one litre or more
  • Pure fruit or vegetable juice containers of one litre or more
  • Glass containers for wine and spirits
  • Casks (plastic bladders in boxes) for wine or water of one litre or more
  • Sachets for wine of 250ml or more
  • Containers for cordials and concentrated fruit/vegetable juices
  • Registered health tonics