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.
Are you a school, sports club, local community group or a business?
See how Return and Earn can work for you.
  • 1. Collect eligible bottles and cans

    1. Collect eligible bottles and cans

    Not all bottles, cans and cartons are included in Return and Earn. To help you work out what can and can’t be returned, use our quick container checker or search the container database. 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 New South Wales. 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.

Tips for your visit

Make the most of your return.
Sort

Glass needs to be sorted from plastic bottles, cartons and cans which can be kept together. You may find it helpful to separate glass before your visit.

Check Eligibility

Save time and check your container's eligibility while sorting. Any ineligible containers can still go into your kerbside recycling.

Don't forget

Easily check opening times via the Return Points page.

E-Vouchers

Set up a MyTomra account and get your refund vouchers sent digitally.

More information

Where's my closest return point?

Click below to find your closest return point and learn more about the different types.

What are my refund options?

Different refund options include a redeemable retail voucher, digital transfer, cash or donation.

How can I make a larger impact?

As a school, community or business, you can have a larger impact simply by involving your group or organisation.