How it works for groups

Make a positive impact on the environment while fundraising by getting your group involved in Return and Earn.

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. 

Get your group involved

There’s so much your group can gain from Return and Earn.
Schools

Teach students about sustainability and recycling while earning funds for your school.

Sports clubs

Keep your grounds clean and raise money at the same time with Return and Earn in your club.

Community groups

Reduce the impact of litter in your neighbourhood while earning money for your next big project.

Businesses

Manage your recycling, deliver on your corporate social responsibility environment goals and donate funds to a community group.

  • 1. Collect containers

    1. Collect containers

    Begin by setting up your Return and Earn collection points in an easy to access and secure area.   Smaller groups could use recycling bins, but larger groups may need a caged trailer.
  • 2. Return containers

    2. Return containers

    Smaller returns can use either a Reverse Vending Machine or an Automated Depot. However, for returns with over 500 containers, we recommend you take your items to an Automated Depot.
  • 3. Get refunds or donate

    3. Get refunds or donate

    As you return the containers, you can choose to get a refund or donate. Other group members can also get involved. They simply need to have their returns refunded directly to your group’s account.  
    1. Set up a MyTomra account with PayPal
    2. Share your unique barcode with your community
    3. They scan your barcode at a Reverse Vending Machine and your group account gets the refund
    Keen to get started? You can download our handy toolkit below. It’s packed with tips and tools to guide you and your group on your way.

Getting started

Make the most of your return.
Communication is key

Let your group know about the collection process, why it’s important and the impact it will have. This could be as simple as sending an email or holding a meeting.

Automated Depot partnership

Your group can partner with an Automated Depot. Some Automated Depots will also supply a collection bin.

Pay it forward

You can partner with organisations in your community like schools, who are happy to pick up your collection so it can go towards their own projects.

Start fundraising

Whatever your group’s fundraising goal may be, Return and Earn can help get you there. Learn more about fundraising.

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.