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. 

2 OCT 2020

Community bands together for those in need

The United Against Homelessness group, a Catholic community of the Vineyards Parish in the Cessnock area, has been using the Return and Earn container deposit scheme for the past year to fundraise to support two local soup kitchens, Soupz On and Hunter Hands of Hope. Members collect recyclable containers from individuals, as well as at community and sporting events, and pick up litter around the town.

Last year the group was recognised at the Return and Earn Litter Prevention Award at the Keep Australia Beautiful NSW 2019 Tidy Towns Awards for their remarkable work.

We recently caught up with Debbie Barry from United Against Homelessness to chat about how things were going under these challenging times.

She says fundraising through Return and Earn has slowed down, but not stopped. Members used to take their Return and Earn dockets to the church, but services are now on hold. However, people are still saving their dockets to drop off at other times.

Debbie added that even just promoting the Return and Earn fundraising has raised more awareness in the community about the causes they support. As a result, many people in the community have directly donated money and goods to assist the homeless.

Debbie, who volunteers at Soupz On herself, says a local Italian restaurant that began by donating its empty drink containers, now regularly donates takeaway meals for the charity to distribute.

This is especially important right now due to the economic impact of the current situation, says Debbie, “I think a lot more people will be doing it tough in the long-term, and there will be more need from services like the soup kitchens.”

Return and Earn encourages customers to be safe. We have taken measures to ensure good hygiene and social distancing practices are taking place. It is now possible to return your cans, bottles and cartons easily through the Reverse Vending Machines (RVMs) without needing to touch anything at all – except your own containers.

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