NSW Container Deposit Scheme
Return and Earn is the state’s largest litter-reduction initiative and will help to reduce the almost 160 million drink containers littered in NSW communities every year.
To participate you simply take your eligible containers, that should be empty, uncrushed, unbroken and with the original label attached, to your closest return point. You can visit the Return and Earn website to check drop-off locations.
You can still use your kerbside recycling bins for ineligible drink containers. You can also still place your eligible containers into the kerbside recycling bins or even donate them to local charities or community groups that are collecting them for fundraising purposes.
How it works
Simply save your eligible containers and take them to a Return and Earn reverse vending machine near you.
- Receive a 10cent refund per container
- Up to 500 containers are accepted in a single visit
- Refunds are paid by electronic transfers into nominated accounts
- Alternatively, a refund voucher can be printed for use at Woolworths
- Refunds can also be donated to selected charities
- Containers should not be crushed or broken and need their labels attached
- We suggest separating containers into plastic, glass, and metal groups before you go
The Return and Earn scheme is not a Council run scheme and we do not operate the vending machine. If you have a complaint about the scheme please contact Return and Earn via their website www.returnandearn.org.au.
What if the return point is filthy?
The Network Operator, TOMRA Cleanaway, regularly services over 600 return points across the state. Report an unclean return point by emailing email@example.com or calling TOMRA Cleanaway on 1800 290 691.
Bombala, Cooma and Jindabyne have sites ready to exchange eligible drink containers for a 10 cent refund as part of the NSW Government's container deposit scheme Return and Earn.
Bombala Powers IGA - The collection point is an over the counter (OTCs) site
128 Maybe Street, Bombala NSW
Open 8am - 12noon, seven days per week.
Cooma Woolworths Carpark - The collection point is a reverse vending machine (RVMs)
12-20 Vale Street, Cooma NSW
Open 7am - 10pm, seven days per week.
Lake Jindabyne Hotel Carpark - The collection point is a reverse vending machine (RVMs)
21 McLure Circuit, Jindabyne NSW
Open 8am - 6pm, seven days per week