Return & Earn

The NSW Government is delivering the largest litter reduction scheme ever introduced in NSW.

Return and Earn will help reduce the 160 million drink containers littered in our environment each year. Drink containers make up almost half of the volume of litter in NSW.

How do I participate?

Consumers can exchange an eligible container at an approved collection point to receive a 10 cent refund per container. Containers should be empty, uncrushed, unbroken and with the original label attached

How do I claim my refund?

  • Electronic refund to your registered PayPal account via the myTOMRA app
  • Retail refund via a voucher that you can redeem for cash or use towards an instore credit at a partnering retailer (such as Woolworths)
  • Donate your refund to one of four charitable or community organisations shown on the reverse vending machine screen
  • Over-the-counter manual collection point you will receive 10 cents cash

If you have any questions about how Return and Earn works, have feedback about a return point or simply want to know more about locating and using return points, contact Return and Earn via the Customer Service Centre on 1800 290 661 or email

Removal of the Bondi Beach Reverse Vending Machine

The Reverse Vending Machine (RVM) at Bondi Beach launched in June 2018 and since then more than 5.0 million containers have been returned for recycling, which is an amazing effort by the community.

The Bondi Beach RVM has been removed to ensure pedestrian safety and traffic can be managed effectively in the areas surrounding the community drive-through COVID-19 screening clinic, located at Park Drive North, Bondi Beach.

The Bondi Beach RVM was originally planned to be removed ahead of the commencement of the restoration works on the Bondi Pavilion. Whilst the earlier removal of the RVM was unplanned, the Bondi Beach RVM will not be returning to its former location once the COVID-19 screening clinic has closed.

A number of alternative RVM locations are available, where you can continue to Return and Earn, for more information visit

Waverley Council and Return and Earn will continue to work together to identify opportunities for more locations to return eligible containers throughout the Waverley Council area.

Should i continue to use my recycling bins at home?

Yes, residents should continue to use their yellow-lidded and blue-lidded recycling bins at home for recyclables, including those eligible for a refund when you are unable to take them directly to a return point. Items placed into these bin will continue to be recycled through Council’s recycling contract.

For more information on how to correctly use your bins and some of the resources available, visit