Return and Earn is currently open and can be accessed for returns if it is in line with the most recent advice from the NSW Government Public Health Order. Recent orders limit the reasons for people leaving their homes without a reasonable excuse. People continuing to use the Return and Earn scheme need to ensure they comply with the latest public health orders.

Return points can be accessed if they are at supermarkets or in locations that can be accessed under the Public Health Order.

In accordance with government advice, we ask anyone visiting a Return and Earn return point to maintain social distancing of at least 1.5 metres from others and to practice good hygiene including using hand sanitiser or wet wipes to clean hands before and after returning and to stay home if they feel unwell. For the latest up to date information about COVID-19, visit NSW Health or Australian Government Health .

For touch-free returns, simply begin by inserting your containers, then wait 15 seconds for your printed voucher. For electronic payment, use the MyTOMRA app to scan your barcode, then insert your containers and wait 15 seconds for your digital refund. Read more.

RVM is currently closed.
RVM is currently closed.


2 Ocean Dr, Lake Cathie


Monday 7:00 am - 10:00 pm
Tuesday 7:00 am - 10:00 pm
Wednesday 7:00 am - 10:00 pm
Thursday 7:00 am - 10:00 pm
Friday 7:00 am - 10:00 pm
Saturday 7:00 am - 10:00 pm
Sunday 7:00 am - 10:00 pm

About this Return Point

Service Level



Ideal for up to 500 containers

Refund types

  • Paypal*
  • Voucher**


  • Yes

* PayPal is available via the MyTomra App

About Reverse Vending Machines

RVMs are self service machines for returning your containers.

Tips for your visit

Before you arrive:

  • Separate eligible plastic and glass containers to save time at the RVM.
  • Empty all liquids, dispose of loose bottle lids.
  • If you intend to receive your refund via PayPal, download the myTOMRA app.

At the RVM:

  • Please consider nearby residence by returning your containers in an orderly manner.
  • Keep the RVM site clean and tidy.
  • Remember to take your ineligible containers home for kerbside recycling.

Upon arrival at the RVM, return your containers one by one into the plastic or glass chute. The machine will then read the container barcode and either accept or reject it based on its eligibility.

Container Eligibility

The majority of containers between 150 ml and 3 litres are accepted and can get you a refund. However, they must: not be crushed or broken, be fully empty and have the label attached.
  • Cans (e.g. soft drinks)
  • Bottles ( e.g. beer bottles)
  • Cartons (e.g. milk cartons)
  • Juice boxes or poppers
  • Any milk containers that are 1 litre or more
  • Glass wine bottles
  • Glass spirit bottles
  • Juice bottles over 1 litre
  • Cordial bottles


You have the option of gifting your refund to a Donation Partner. Donation Partners are chosen from a list of not-for-profit and community organisations that have applied to become donation partners. There can be up to four to choose from on the touchscreen of every Reverse Vending Machine. The recipients are rotated every three months so that all our Donation Partners receive equal benefit. Our current donation partners are featured below.
Become a donation partner

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How does Return and Earn work?

Collect eligible containers, take them to a return point and be rewarded for your efforts. It's that easy.

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What are my refund options?

Find the refund that suits you. This could be a redeemable retail voucher, an online transfer, cash or you may choose to donate.

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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.

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