Woolgoolga remains our closest vending machine

As of Friday a spokeswoman for the Environmental Protection Agency said there were more than 200 collection points across NSW and all could be found online.

“The NSW Government is working closely with the Network Operator, Tomra Cleanaway, to continue rolling out collection points,” she said.

“This is just the start of the roll out – many more sites are currently being finalised and will be added to the map on www.returnandearn.org.au as they are made available.”

She said businesses, community groups and charities could continue to register their interest in becoming a collection point at any time and applicants were currently being assessed.

Information on registering to become a collection point is available on www.returnandearn.org.au

Closest return depot to the Nambucca Shire: Woolworths Woolgoolga,  1849 Solitary Islands Way, opening hours: 7am to 10pm, 7 days a week

Type of collection point: Reverse vending machine

Eligible containers include most 150ml to three litre drink containers. 

Container materials that may be eligible for a refund include: glass, plastic, aluminium, steel, liquid paperboard (cartons). Containers should be empty, uncrushed, unbroken and have the original label attached.

Wine, spirits, cordial and plain milk containers are generally not eligible.

If a container isn't eligible for a refund, please use a recycling bin.



PayPal joins Return and Earn scheme:

Return and Earn’s Network Operator TOMRA Cleanaway has partnered with online payments provider PayPal to deliver a convenient and secure payment from reverse vending machine collection points when the electronic payment option is selected.

Scheme users can opt to have electronic funds deposited into a registered PayPal account via the myTOMRA app, which can be downloaded for free from Google Play or the iTunes App. To link your PayPal account simply open the myTOMRA app and follow the prompts.

Once you have linked your PayPal account, scan your unique barcode from the myTOMRA app at the RVM to log in. Place your containers in the RVM one at a time, then select PayPal on screen. Your refund will be transferred to your PayPal account in moments.

A video demonstrating how to use the PayPal refund option can be found here: https://vimeo.com/241989816

Collection points update:

Users of Return and Earn will be able to redeem containers at three different kinds of collection points - reverse vending machines, over-the-counter manual sites and automated depots. Collection points will accept all eligible containers.

More than 200 collection points are now available online ahead of Friday’s launch.

Visit www.returnandearn.org.au to learn more.

Reverse vending machines (RVM)

For convenience, these sites are best suited for redeeming up to 500 containers at once and will operate 7am to 10pm.

RVM users can opt to receive their refund by:

1. Electronic funds transfer into a registered PayPal account after scanning the myTOMRA app from your smartphone

2. Electing to donate your refund to a listed donation partner on the machine

3. Collecting a receipt that you can exchange for cash or in-store credit at the retail partner listed on the machine eg Woolworths or IGA.

Donation Stations are a smaller type of reverse vending machine that only delivers a donation to a charity, not a refund to the user. They accept plastic, aluminium and steel eligible drink 

Over-the-counter manual sites will be typically located at retail or shopfront outlets and for convenience are best suited for up to 100 containers.

You can exchange your empty eligible containers with the person behind the counter for a cash refund.

Automated depots will be typically located at larger facilities and for convenience are best suited for redeeming larger numbers of containers ie over 500 containers.

More and more collection points are being finalised every day right across NSW.

To find your closest one, go to the online map at returnandearn.org.au.

Donation partners announcement:

The first donation partners of Return and Earn have been announced as The Cancer Council, St Vincent de Paul, Surf Life Saving NSW and Planet Ark. From 1 December these groups will feature on reverse vending machines across the state so that people can choose to donate these groups their refunds.

There are opportunities for other interested groups, large and small, to become donation partners and feature on the machines under a rotation system.