Return and Earn sees 2 million containers returned in two days

Two million drink containers have been returned through the State’s Container Deposit Scheme, Return and Earn, over 28 and 29 December.

“The holiday period has seen thousands of people across the state head to reverse vending machines and collection points to return their eligible containers,” Environment Protection Authority Chief Environmental Regulator Mark Gifford said.

“With two consecutive days of more than one million returned containers, the total number of returns has tipped over the 16 million mark since the scheme’s commencement on December 1.

“The scheme is proving popular and we expect even more people to get out to their local collection point to return containers following New Year’s Eve celebrations.”

Return and Earn continues to roll out across NSW, with reverse vending machines recently installed in Erina and Guyra. A total of 316 collection points are currently operating, with more to be opened in the weeks to come.  

“We also encourage people to consider donating their refunds to one of the first four Return and Earn donation partners: Cancer Council, St Vincent de Paul, Surf Life Saving NSW and Planet Ark,” Mr Gifford 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. 

For more information on the scheme, a map of collection points and how to register as a donation partner, visit: