Your community organisation can get involved in Return and Earn in a number of ways:

1. Redeem donated containers at a return point

You can collect eligible drink containers and encourage your members to donate their eligible containers to your organisation as well.  You can then take them to a return point for a refund.

2. Partner in fundraising

Consider a fundraising opportunity in partnership with your local return point.  Contact us to find out more.

3. Become a donation partner

As a community organisation you may be able to become a donation partner and be featured on your local Reverse Vending Machine. As a Donation Partner, you can receive donated refunds from people returning eligible containers.

To assess your eligibility to become a Donation Partner and to register your interest download and complete the form below.

Donation Partner application (.pdf, 665kb)

Community toolkit

Download this handy toolkit and let your community know you’re involved with Return and Earn.

By downloading and using this toolkit you agree to the terms of use: Material must not be altered. Information may only be added into the editable fields, where provided.

Download toolkit  (.zip, 211mb)

Frequently asked questions

Fundraising with Return & Earn

  • What opportunities are there for charities, schools, sports clubs and community groups to participate?

    Return and Earn provides a great fundraising opportunity for charities, schools, sports clubs and community groups.

    • These groups can also seek donations of eligible drink containers from their community that can then be redeemed for a refund at a return point.
    • Charities, community groups and sports clubs can also apply to the Network Operator, TOMRA Cleanaway, to set up and run return points.
    • Not-for-profit groups can apply to become a Donation Partner on a Reverse Vending Machine and receive donations from people using the machine.

    More detailed information can be found here.

  • What is a Donation Partner?

    A Donation Partner is a not-for-profit organisation such as a charity, school, sports club or community organisation that has entered into an agreement with the Network Operator TOMRA to be listed on the Reverse Vending Machines. Refunds from eligible containers can be donated to Donation Partners by anybody who chooses to do so. Simply select the donation option when using a Reverse Vending Machine.

  • What groups can be listed on a Reverse Vending Machine as a Donation Partner?

    All groups listed on a Reverse Vending Machine must fit the eligibility criteria. They must be a not-for-profit organisation. There are two types of Donation Partners:

    Major Donation Partners are large organisations that have a NSW (or wider) presence. They will appear across the state-wide Reverse Vending Machine network.

    Local Donation Partners have a predominantly local presence where the Reverse Vending Machine is located. They will appear on Reverse Vending Machines within their area of operation. Money raised by Local Donation Partners must remain in the area they are located in.

  • How can I get my charity, school, sports club or community group listed on a Reverse Vending Machine as a Donation Partner?

    For information on how to have your charity, school, sports club or community group listed on a Reverse Vending Machine (including application forms), visit Community.

  • How do Donation Partners get selected to feature on a Reverse Vending Machine?

    Applicants who fulfil the Donation Partner criteria will be added to their local Reverse Vending Machine on a first come first served basis. Local Donation Partners usually fill the fourth Donation Partner position.

  • How long is a Donation Partner listed on a Reverse Vending Machine for?

    Major Donation Partners are listed across all Reverse Vending Machines for three-month cycles.

    Local Donation Partners are listed across local Reverse Vending Machines for three-month cycles.

  • How much can our organisation raise per drink container?

    For every eligible drink container that your organisation returns you will earn 10 cents.

    To find your nearest return point visit here.

  • We have collected a large volume of containers, where should I return them for a refund?

    Automated Depots are the best return points for large volumes, search here for the closest Automated Depot to you.

    At Automated Depots, refunds will be provided as cash and some offer an electronic refund.

    If the most convenient return point to you is a Reverse Vending Machine then follow these tips to get the most out of your visit.