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Return and Earn - Can and Bottle Recycling

​​​​Return and Earn opened in Lane Cove on Monday 9 December 2019. Located on P1 of the Little Street car park, the reverse vending machine aims to reduce the amount of beverage container litter in the environment by collecting eligible containers such as cans and bottles.  

As of Sunday 12 January, more than 106,000 containers have been deposited.

How to use the Return and Earn reverse vending machine:

  1. Insert your empty containers into the chute at the front of the reverse vending machine.
  2. Containers will be scanned to ensure they are eligible for a refund.
  3. When you’re finished, select your preferred payout method on the screen:

Digital refund: Download the myTOMRA app and link it to PayPal, to transfer the refund to your account.
Retail refund: Take a printed voucher from the machine for a cash refund to Woolworths.
Donate your refund: Choose on the screen the charity or community fundraiser to donate your refund to.

Until Sunday 23 February 2020, your 10c refund can be donated to Rural Aid for the Bottles for the Bush appeal. So far, more than $100,000 has been donated to Rural Aid for much needed hay, food, water and services to farmers and rural families affected by drought and bushfire.

Operating hours:

Monday to Saturday: 8:00am - 5:00pm

Sunday: 9:00am - 5:00pm


Mayor of Lane Cove, Clr Pam Palmer, cut the ribbon before being the first to use the machine when it opened on Monday 9 December.