Return and Earn Network Operator TOMRA is encouraging Nambucca Valley charities and community groups to apply to become ‘donation partners’ at their local Reverse Vending Machines (RVM) before the next round of applications closes on Monday, 16 July.
Both the Nambucca Heads and Macksville machines need local not-for-profits such as schools, charity, sports or community groups to apply to become a local donation partner and feature as one of four groups on the new RVMs.
Mid North Coast communities can choose to support their not-for-profit groups by returning their eligible drink containers and donating their refund amount to that local group.
Donation partners are selected based on eligibility and on a first-come-first-served basis, and will be rotated quarterly.
The next round of applications will close on Monday, July 16.
“We have already seen an overwhelming response to the Return and Earn Scheme throughout the state, with communities embracing the chance to earn money for their empty plastic and glass containers,” Network Operator TOMRA’s CEO, Ryan Buzzell, said.
“Being able to support your local community through donations to schools, sports groups, local charities and not-for-profits is a great incentive for everyone to use the reverse vending machines and makes the positive act of recycling even more rewarding.
“Groups are free to use the donations however they see fit, whether it helps provide funding to buy uniforms, host an event, replace or repair equipment, or go on an excursion.”
Groups can check their eligibility and apply to be on their nearest RVM in the ‘Donation Partners’ section of the TOMRA website tcnsw.com.au.
RVMs are the only container return option that supports local donation partner options; over-the-counter collection points, automated depots and donation stations do not have local donation partners.
Most 150ml to three litre beverage containers are eligible for a 10 cent refund provided they are made from glass, plastic, aluminium, steel or liquid paperboard. Containers should be empty, uncrushed, unbroken, and have the original label intact.