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. 

23 OCT 2020

The next generation of recyclers make a start at Kurri Kurri Preschool

At Kurri Kurri Preschool, sustainability and creative recycling are part of the culture.

Director Nicci McDowell says they began using Return and Earn in response to their family events for parents and grandparents. They often had food and cans of soft drink available, which meant lots of cans to recycle after each event.

“This evolved into collection crates becoming part of these events and families depositing empty cans knowing we would recycle them at the Return and Earn deposit point across the road the following day,” says Nicci.

The children are involved in the trips to return cans where possible, and the preschool teaches them about why its important to recycle.

“We encourage children to care for the land, and a large part of this is the concept of rubbish, recycling, and sustainability,” says Nicci. “Our children are very aware of sorting rubbish and we have bins at the preschool to reflect the council rubbish and recycling system used in our local community.”

Funds raised from returning containers through Return and Earn go towards the preschool’s general fundraising pool, which at the moment is focused on their outdoor areas.

“We’ve revived our worm farm, purchased new worms and invested in books and resources to support this system,” says Nicci. “So far, we’ve collected lots of ‘worm juice’ and it’s making our veggie patch look very healthy and our gardens look magnificent!”

Nicci explains that at the preschool they believe it is important that children are connected to nature, and for that reason they work to utilise their large, natural playground to its full potential.

She adds that when children are involved in recycling and reuse at the preschool, they often take that knowledge into their homes and wider communities.

“The children enjoy talking about sustainability – they like to reuse and repurpose everyday items in their play, such as tyres, boxes, and pipes,” Nicci says.


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