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. 

18 JUN 2021

Resourceful Rotarians recycle nearly 100,000 containers in Cowra

Cowra Rotary Club is on its way to raising $10,000 through container to support local charities and community programs.

The club began collecting and depositing eligible bottles, cans and cartons through Return and Earn in 2019. Initially the container refunds went to developing Europa Park on the outskirts of town, though as the fundraising has increased, so too has the number of initiatives the club is able to support.

Currently the club assists more than a dozen local organisations, including Cowra Riding for Disabled, Cowra Cancer Action Group, Cowra Red Cross, local schools and a student exchange program.

Club Treasurer Bob Griffiths says that under the recent COVID-19 restrictions, other fundraising activities have been severely limited. “We have therefore concentrated on building up public support for our Return and Earn collections as a way of raising much-needed funds,” he says.

In September last year, the club launched a home pick up service, where members collect containers from elderly residents and others who may have difficulty in getting to a Return and Earn deposit point.

Local businesses have also offered strong support to the Rotary Club’s container recycling.

“We have placed blue Rotary collection bins alongside the yellow recycling bins in the two Cowra Caravan Parks,” says Bob. “We also have two hotels, three restaurants, and the Cowra Show Society Function Centre collecting for us.”

Club members work together to pick up containers from all of the different businesses and residents, and then drop them at the Bathurst deposit point. So far this financial year they have returned more than 73,650 containers – raising over $7,365.

In 2019 the Cowra Rotary Club won the Return and Earn Litter Prevention Award for Non-Profits in Category C at the prestigious Keep Australia Beautiful NSW 2019 Tidy Towns Awards.

Visit Home – Return and Earn NSW for more information on Return and Earn or to find your nearest return point.