How it works

Bottles, cans and cartons make up a large proportion of the litter on our streets, beaches and green spaces. Tackling the problem costs NSW millions of dollars every year. Return and Earn is a way for us all to help solve the litter problem and be rewarded for our efforts.
  • 1. Collect eligible bottles and cans

    1. Collect eligible bottles and cans

    Not all bottles, cans and cartons are included in Return and Earn. We’ve developed a handy tool to help you work out what can and can’t be returned.  Remember, even if a container isn’t eligible for a Return and Earn refund, it can still be recycled through your household recycling collection.  
  • 2. Take your containers to a return point

    2. Take your containers to a return point

    We currently have over 600 Return and Earn return points across NSW, with more being added every week. There are different types of return points  and the best one for you could depend on how many bottles, cans and cartons you are returning and how you would like to receive your refund.
  • 3. Earn a refund or make a donation

    3. Earn a refund or make a donation

    Every eligible bottle, can or carton  you return is worth 10 cents.  Reverse Vending Machines offer you cash vouchers, electronic payment (via the myTOMRA app) or the option to donate.  Over the Counter sites offer you cash refunds and some offer the opportunity to donate.  Automated Depots offer cash refunds and some offer electronic transfers.
  • 4. Connect with your community

    4. Connect with your community

    Whether you’re an individual, business, school or community organisation there are many ways you can get involved in Return and Earn.