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Get your school involved

Teach students about sustainability and recycling while earning funds for your school.
Return and Earn is a great way for students and the school community to reduce litter and encourage recycling while raising funds for school or community projects.

Learn more about Return and Earn

Return and Earn
School Resources

Return and Earn is proud to partner with the Australian Association for Environmental Education NSW to deliver free teaching resources for Early Learning through to Stage 5.

These curriculum-linked resources provide practical ways for teachers to engage students on sustainability and recycling and support their school’s participation in the Return and Earn container deposit scheme.

How to recycle with Return and Earn

1. Collect eligible bottles and cans

Learn more about eligible containers.

2. Visit a return point

Search for a return point near you with over 620 locations across NSW.

3. EARN a refund and make a donation

Download the Fundraising toolkit to promote your school’s Return and Earn initiatives.

What are the benefits for your school?

Learn how Return and Earn can benefit your school.

Tips to get your school involved

Learn how to get your school involved with Return and Earn.
  • Set up collection stations at the school

    Set up collection stations at the school for students to return their empty drink containers. Identify suitable collection points within your school, such as near the canteen or recreational areas, or in each classroom, and place clean labelled bins with signs showing pictures of eligible cans and bottles. Download the Return and Earn Fundraising Toolkit to access helpful resources and tips. When the bins are full, take to your nearest return point and receive your refund.

  • Organise regular drop-offs

    Organise regular drop-offs and encourage families to bring in eligible cans and bottles collected at home.

  • Organise recycling competitions

    Organise a recycling competition or a container collection drive over a particular period (School Clean Up Day, National Recycling Week, school fete or other event).

  • Search if your suburb is served by one of our Automated Depots

    Search if your suburb is served by one of our automated depots. They can provide bins and regular collection services for your school. Alternatively, contact us and we will be happy to put you in contact with your nearest automated depots.

  • Register for a Return and Earn barcode

    Ask your Parents & Citizens Association to register for a scheme barcode to fundraise with Return and Earn.

  • Sign up to our newsletter

    Sign up to the Return and Earn newsletter to hear about our exciting activities and initiatives.

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Return and Earn Partnerships and Awards Program

Return and Earn is proud to be partnering with like-minded organisations to promote schools' outstanding recycling initiatives that teach students about sustainability while also fundraising for environmental projects and good causes.

Get started

Contact us to discuss how you can get started. Our helpful team can also help promote your fundraising and litter reduction initiatives. Get in touch to find out more.