Deadline is Monday, October 15

Do you know a local sporting club, school, community groups or not for profit looking for a new and easy way to fundraise? If so, Return and Earn reverse vending machines at the Woolworths Coronation Park at Nambucca Heads or Woolworths Tennis Courts at Macksville could be the answer.

The NSW Return and Earn Scheme is now open to applications from not-for-profit groups in the Mid North Coast.

These groups can now become local donation partners (if they meet the eligibility criteria) and be one of the four charities on their local TOMRA Reverse Vending Machine (RVM).

The Mid North Coast community can choose to support a not-for-profit group from their local area by returning their eligible drink containers and donating their 10 cent a container to that local group.

If people donated even one in ten containers to charity through RVMs in the Mid North Coast, that would make a difference for local donation partners in the area over a 12-week period and have a positive impact on local charities.

Donations over $2 made to not-for-profits on the RVMs with deductible gift recipient status are tax deductible and consumers will receive a receipt to use in their tax return.

“We’ve already seen an incredible response from the people in the Mid North Coast who have really embraced the Return and Earn scheme,” Director of Network Operator, TOMRA Cleanaway Ryan Buzzell said.

“Now, with the added incentive of being able to support the local community through container donations, we would love to see the community rally behind their local schools, sports groups, charities and not-for-profits, by donating one-in-ten container returns.”

“Donation Partners are free to use the donations however they like, whether it helps provide funding to buy uniforms, host an event, replace or repair equipment, or go on an excursion. It’s up to them.”

Return and Earn is helping to reduce the amount of litter volume in NSW by 40% by 2020, recycle containers across the state, and keep our environment clean.

Donation partners are selected based on meeting eligibility criteria and on a first-come-first-served basis and will be rotated quarterly. Applications for this round close on Monday October 15 and new charity partners will appear on RVMs Monday November 26.

Groups can check their eligibility and apply to be on their nearest RVM in the ‘Donation Partners’ section of the TOMRA Cleanaway website tcnsw.com.au. TOMRA Cleanaway is the network operator for the NSW Return and Earn scheme.

Reverse Vending Machines are the only container return option that supports local donation partner options; over-the-counter return points, automated depots and donation stations do not have local donation partners.

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