NSW Environment Minister Gabrielle Upton has announced the first four Return and Earn donation partners to feature on the state’s reverse vending machines.
It comes as NSW plans to introduce its Container Deposit Scheme on 1 December.
People returning eligible containers will be able to donate their refunds to the Cancer Council, St Vincent de Paul, Surf Life Saving NSW and Planet Ark at reverse vending machines from 1 December.
“Our first four donation partners make incredible contributions to communities across the state – giving people an option to donate their refunds to these four organisations is a great way to open the scheme,” Ms Upton said.
“Charities, community and sporting groups, schools, and other not-for-profit organisations can also register their interest to become a donation partner under the rotation system.”
Interested groups can visit the Return and Earn website to register their interest to become a donation partner.
To donate a refund to a donation partner people will need to insert an eligible drink container into a reverse vending machine and select the ‘donate’ option and choose a group. Where relevant donations of $2 or more are made, customers will be issued with a receipt to claim a tax deduction.
“Local groups can also fundraise from 1 December by collecting eligible drink containers and returning them for a 10 cent refund at Return and Earn collection points,” Ms Upton said.
People can also choose to receive their refund into a registered PayPal account via the myTOMRA app, or receive a printed retail refund voucher to exchange for cash or an in-store credit at a local retail partner.
Containers should be empty, uncrushed, unbroken and have the original label attached to receive the 10 cent refund.
For more information about Return and Earn and how to register to be on a reverse vending machine visit: www.returnandearn.org.au