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26 OCT 2022

PCYC partnering with Return and Earn

Thousands of Australian families, schools, community groups and businesses have embraced Return and Earn, and PCYC NSW is proud to offer access to multiple Return and Earn machine locations at clubs across the state. 

Return and Earn is a NSW Government initiative, aimed at reducing litter and diverting millions of drink containers from landfill to be recycled. A refund of 10 cents for each eligible container goes back to the consumer, who has the option to donate some or all of the refund to a charity such as PCYC NSW. 

Collecting your eligible containers and taking them to one of the 620+ return points across NSW is a great environmental win, and your generosity in selecting to donate to PCYC NSW makes a life changing difference to young people across NSW. 

How does it work? 

1. Collect eligible drink containers – simply look for the 10c refund mark on the container label to make sure it’s eligible. 

– These containers must be in good condition (not crushed or broken), empty and have the label with the 10c refund mark attached. 

– Not all bottles, cans and cartons are included in Return and Earn. To help you work out what can and can’t be returned, use this container checker or download the Return and Earn app and use our container checker tool 

– Remember, even if a container isn’t eligible for a Return and Earn refund, it can still be recycled through your household recycling collection (i.e., milk, wine, cordial, spirit bottles). 

2. Take your containers to your nearest return point.  Find you nearest return point here

3. Earn a refund or make a donation to one of the listed groups or charities, including your local PCYC club 

How to donate your 10c refund to PCYC NSW 

When recycling eligible containers at your local Return and Earn machine, you can donate the container refund to PCYC via the Return and Earn app by following these easy steps:  

– Download and register on the FREE Return and Earn app from your Apple or Android app provider 

– Search for ‘PCYC’ on the “Charities” menu and select your preferred club 

– When your preferred club is entered, scroll down and press “SET AS PAYOUT” 

– Scan the app at your local Return and Earn machine 

– Start returning your containers and press “Transfer” on the machine screen when finished 

The Return and Earn app lists 48 of the 67 PCYC clubs around the state, all of which can receive the generous donations from customers. All donations received help support youth in local communities. 

For example, if you select PCYC Mount Druitt as your preferred pay out option on the Return and Earn app and choose to donate 50 drink containers with a refund of 10 cents for each container at your local Return and Earn machine, you’d be donating $5.00 to help PCYC Mount Druitt support their local youth. 

If it’s more convenient, you’re welcome to drop off your eligible bottles or cans directly in your local club’s Return and Earn collection bag. Contact your local PCYC to find out more. 

Why should I donate? 

PCYC NSW is a registered charity with a mission to empower young people and help them reach their potential through Police and community partnerships. We rely on generous donations from the public, members and businesses to carry out our life changing youth programs to our 70,000+ youth members.  

By choosing to donate your Return and Earn refund, you are bettering our community and the environment by reducing litter and removing precious high-quality materials from ending up in landfill. You will also be contributing to our life changing youth programs and making a difference to vulnerable, at-risk, and disadvantaged young people across NSW.


Return and Earn is a partnership between the NSW Government, scheme coordinator Exchange for Change and network operator TOMRA Cleanaway.