One quiet day at the TOMRA Cleanaway head office at Eastern Creek, a van pulled up to our Return and Earn machine with two diligent individuals returning thousands of 10c eligible drink containers!

Those diligent individuals turned out to be a dedicated pair of teachers from local, Cecil Hills Primary School. The containers that they were returning had been collected at the school to fundraise for the supported learners at the school. 


Competing in a whole-of-school competition to collect as many containers as possible, Cecil Hills Primary School students collected bottles and cans from home and away. All with the goal of donating the money raised through the container collection for their support unit class. In increasingly challenging financial times, the support unit had found it difficult to find funding to go on valuable life skills excursions. The container deposit scheme was the perfect fundraising initiative to engage students in a sustainability activity, while doing something positive for their peers.

Drivers of Success

The container drive raised several thousand dollars with students participating enthusiastically, competing for a party for the class that brought in the most containers. Teachers collected material until it filled a trailer and then brought it to the TOMRA Cleanaway head office Return and Earn machine for processing and payment.

The Future

Cecil Hills Primary School support unit students were invited to visit the Eastern Creek Hub by TOMRA Cleanaway. They received a special lesson delivered by Cleanaway’s Education Team and toured the New South Wales hub of the container deposit scheme. Following the program’s success, the school will now be fundraising using Return and Earn for the whole of Term 4.

“We chose to fundraise using the container drive as there are so many associated learning benefits for the students. Understanding the environment benefits of reducing litter, recycling and making money to aid our school community is brilliant. The life skills students learn through the program are also invaluable.”

– Paul Matten, Deputy Principal of Cecil Hills Primary School