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Can and Bottle Recycling


July 2021 update: due to the current COVID restrictions, the Return and Earn facilities at the Little Street Car Park and in Lane Cove West are currently closed.

​Return and Earn, the NSW Government's container deposit scheme, provides collection points for people to return their eligible drink containers. Containers should be empty, uncrushed, unbroken and with the original label attached.

New Return and Earn Facility Opens in Lane Cove West

A new bulk container counting facility has opened in Lane Cove West.

This Return and Earn facility can count more than 100 containers per minute and provide the refunds on the spot.

There's also a home collection service. Customers can sign up via their website and receive a 240L bin to fill with eligible containers. Once your bin is full you can schedule a collection and have the full bin swapped for an empty bin. 

For more details on the Lane Cove West collection point and their services, please visit their website.

Where are the nearest collection points?

Lane Cove has two Return and Earn collection points:

Little Street Car Park
Ground Floor
1 Little Street, Lane Cove (opposite footbridge at the Aquatic Centre)
Opening hours: Monday to Saturday 8:00am - 5:00pm, Sunday 9:00am - 5:00pm

67 Mars Road
Lane Cove West (entrance is on Sirius Street opposite Kanes Hire)
Opening hours: Monday to Friday 7:00am - 5:00pm, 7:00am - 3:00pm Saturday, closed Sunday

The next closest machine is at Woolworths Marsfield, corner of Epping and Balaclava Road.

Check under the 2066 postcode on the Return and Earn website for all the collection point details.

What containers are eligible?

Most empty 150-millilitre to three litre beverage containers will be eligible for a 10 cent refund when presented to an approved NSW collection point. There are some exceptions, and containers not eligible for a refund are described in the section below. Containers should be empty, uncrushed, unbroken, and have the original label intact.

Container materials that may be eligible for a refund include containers made from:

  • Glass
  • Plastic
  • Aluminium
  • Steel
  • Liquid paperboard (cartons)

Containers that are not included in the scheme and, therefore, do not qualify for a refund are:

  • Plain milk (or milk substitute) containers
  • Flavoured milk containers of one litre or more
  • Pure fruit or vegetable juice containers of one litre or more
  • Glass wine bottles
  • Glass spirit bottles
  • Containers for cordials, and concentrated fruit/vegetable juices
  • Registered health tonics.


The above information has been made available via the Return and Earn website.