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. 

10 AUG 2021

Petra Richter, Jindabyne local reducing landfill

Jindabyne local Petra Richter started picking up litter from the side of the road during her regular runs, which began under COVID-19 restrictions.

Between April and September 2020, she collected an incredible 760kg of rubbish. Often she lugged heavy items with her as she ran, telling herself it only enhanced the workout.

Petra says that collecting litter while exercising has created a cleaner environment and increased her fitness and strength at the same time.

On top of her roadside rubbish collection, Petra recently began promoting and increasing participation in the Return and Earn NSW Container Deposit Scheme in Jindabyne. She has set up six dedicated Return and Earn bins for containers that she personally collects, sorts and deposits. There are two bins at Jindabyne Central School – the school her own children attend – and four at local shopping centres.

The inspiration behind this initiative was Petra’s desire to engage her own children, and local children and teachers about litter. “I saw the need for educating young people and teachers about recycling. And using Return and Earn was one way of starting the process,” she says.

It’s not easy work sorting the smelly bins, she says, as lots of people still throw other rubbish into the container bins. Petra adds that her three sons all help out.

“We still have to do lots of education around this,” she says. “I’d like to get some of the kids at school to do a presentation to their peers about what goes into the bins and what doesn’t.”

As well as the container recycling Petra does, she always recycles anything she can from her roadside litter pickups, such as returning scrap metals. This has meant she was able to raise some money towards a well-earned family holiday.

However, all the funds raised from the dedicated Return and Earn bins she set up go to Jindabyne Central School. “I would love to see the money go into a gardening project or something related to the environment, so kids can learn from it and get some hands-on experience with composting and stuff like that,” says Petra.

“I’m determined to reduce waste that goes into landfill,” she says. “Every little bit makes a difference.”