Return and Earn return points in Greater Sydney will reopen in stages. When open they can be accessed for returns in line with the latest Public Health Orders.

From 15 September 2021 return points in Blue Mountains, Camden, Canada Bay, Hawkesbury, Hornsby, Hunters Hill, Inner West, Ku-ring-gai, Lane Cove, Mosman, Northern Beaches, some suburbs of Penrith, Randwick, Ryde, Sutherland, Sydney, The Hills, Waverley, Wollondilly and Wollongong local government areas will commence reopening.

From 22 September 2021, some automated depots in Bayside, Blacktown, Canterbury-Bankstown and Liverpool local government areas will commence reopening. Please check online for details. 

From 29 September 2021 reverse-vending machines (RVMs) and OTCs in Bayside, Blacktown, Burwood, Campbelltown, Canterbury-Bankstown, Cumberland, Fairfield, Georges River, Liverpool, Parramatta, remaining suburbs of Penrith, and Strathfield local government areas will commence reopening.

Return points in regional NSW remain open.

Anyone visiting a return point must ensure they comply with the latest Public Health Orders including checking-in via the QR code displayed, wearing a mask, maintaining social distancing of a least 1.5 metres from others, and practice good hygiene.

We recommend checking the status of your nearest return point online or via the myTOMRA app before visiting and avoiding peak times where possible.

More information on how Return and Earn is responding to COVID-19 including details of our covid-safe measures is available here. 

3 FEB 2020

Caddie Creek students learn - and teach - sustainability

When Return and Earn was launched in NSW, teachers Jenny Henson and Carol Van De Maele at Caddie Creek Public School in Blacktown saw the NSW container deposit scheme as a great way for students to learn about environmental sustainability.

Recycling bins, as well as dedicated Return and Earn bins, were soon installed at the school.

Jenny said the results were impressive. “There has definitely been a big reduction in litter on school grounds. The students have developed a huge awareness of the impact on the environment of plastic and bottles.”

The money raised via the 10c refund per container goes to adopting animals through World Wildlife and Taronga Zoo. “We’ve adopted a koala and a Tasmanian devil,” said Jenny. “The kids absolutely love it – it gives a lot of purpose to what we do.”

Introducing the Return and Earn bins also meant teachers were able to incorporate recycling into the school curriculum.

“A lot of programs in class are now based on waste management, sustainability and how to reduce our impact on the environment,” said Jenny. “We link this to maths with waste audits, and to English by writing persuasive texts about the need to recycle.”

The impact has spread beyond just the school too. “We recently ran twilight markets with waste stations with information and signage, and the students manned the stations and showed people what can and can’t be recycled,” said Jenny. “The kids go home and teach their parents about recycling and sustainability – they take the message into their homes and into the community.”