Why become a Return Point Partner?

Return Point Partners are very important to the success of Return and Earn, as they help us create a statewide network of convenient locations for the public to bring their containers. As a Return Point Partner you’re not only assisting your local community but helping NSW in meeting its goal of reducing litter by 40% by 2020.

 Benefits of becoming a Return Point Partner

  • You’ll be listed as a return point location on this website.
  • You could attract more customers into your store or onto your site.
  • You will earn extra revenue from Return and Earn.
  • You’ll be actively supporting the reduction of litter in your community.

The first step to becoming a Return Point Partner is to register your interest.

 Types of Return Point Partner opportunities

Host a Reverse Vending Machine

A Reverse Vending Machine (RVM) is a self service machine with a mechanical scanning and counting system. An RVM is best for returning smaller quantities of containers (up to 500) in any one transaction. There is a range of criteria around site suitability for hosting an RVM which need to be carefully considered. Typically RVM’s are located in high traffic car parks and other areas that are easy and convenient for people to access.

Over the Counter

An Over the Counter (OTC) return point is generally a local business where smaller quantities of eligible drink containers (usually 100 or less) can be returned. As an OTC, you’ll be responsible for ensuring the containers received are eligible: the correct type, uncrushed, unbroken and have the original label attached. After verifying and counting returned bottles, cans and cartons you’ll be responsible for issuing a cash refund of 10 cents per eligible container.

Become an Automated Depot

An Automated Depot (AD) can process any number of containers but is the best type of return point for processing larger volumes (500+). The AD has a mechanical scanning and counting system that provides efficient processing of bulk returns. Once the containers are processed, you’ll be responsible for issuing a refund of 10 cents per eligible container.

Apply to become a Return Point Partner

When thinking about becoming a return point, make sure your location adheres to the State Environmental Planning Policy. Information is available on the the NSW Planning and Environment website.

The first step to becoming a Return Point Partner is to register your interest.

Register your interest

Return Point Partners toolkit

If you’re already participating in Return and Earn or about to join our network of Return Point Partners download this toolkit containing advice, information on how to get assistance and collateral for your location.

By downloading and using this toolkit you agree to the terms of use: Material must not be altered. Information may only be added into the editable fields, where provided.

Download toolkit  (.zip, 320mb)

Fundraising with Return & Earn

  • What opportunities are there for charities, schools, sports clubs and community groups to participate?

    Return and Earn provides a great fundraising opportunity for charities, schools, sports clubs and community groups.

    • These groups can also seek donations of eligible drink containers from their community that can then be redeemed for a refund at a return point.
    • Charities, community groups and sports clubs can also apply to the Network Operator, TOMRA Cleanaway, to set up and run return points.
    • Not-for-profit groups can apply to become a Donation Partner on a Reverse Vending Machine and receive donations from people using the machine.

    More detailed information can be found here.

  • What is a Donation Partner?

    A Donation Partner is a not-for-profit organisation such as a charity, school, sports club or community organisation that has entered into an agreement with the Network Operator TOMRA to be listed on the Reverse Vending Machines. Refunds from eligible containers can be donated to Donation Partners by anybody who chooses to do so. Simply select the donation option when using a Reverse Vending Machine.

  • What groups can be listed on a Reverse Vending Machine as a Donation Partner?

    All groups listed on a Reverse Vending Machine must fit the eligibility criteria. They must be a not-for-profit organisation. There are two types of Donation Partners:

    Major Donation Partners are large organisations that have a NSW (or wider) presence. They will appear across the state-wide Reverse Vending Machine network.

    Local Donation Partners have a predominantly local presence where the Reverse Vending Machine is located. They will appear on Reverse Vending Machines within their area of operation. Money raised by Local Donation Partners must remain in the area they are located in.

  • How can I get my charity, school, sports club or community group listed on a Reverse Vending Machine as a Donation Partner?

    For information on how to have your charity, school, sports club or community group listed on a Reverse Vending Machine (including application forms), visit Community.

  • How do Donation Partners get selected to feature on a Reverse Vending Machine?

    Applicants who fulfil the Donation Partner criteria will be added to their local Reverse Vending Machine on a first come first served basis. Local Donation Partners usually fill the fourth Donation Partner position.

  • How long is a Donation Partner listed on a Reverse Vending Machine for?

    Major Donation Partners are listed across all Reverse Vending Machines for three-month cycles.

    Local Donation Partners are listed across local Reverse Vending Machines for three-month cycles.

  • How much can our organisation raise per drink container?

    For every eligible drink container that your organisation returns you will earn 10 cents.

    To find your nearest return point visit here.

  • We have collected a large volume of containers, where should I return them for a refund?

    Automated Depots are the best return points for large volumes, search here for the closest Automated Depot to you.

    At Automated Depots, refunds will be provided as cash and some offer an electronic refund.

    If the most convenient return point to you is a Reverse Vending Machine then follow these tips to get the most out of your visit.