Millions of dollars are generated every year for local communities through operator handling fees.
Every year, social enterprises and charitable organisations like Vinnies NSW, Valmar Industries, Resource Recovery Australia, Bourke Laundry Service and many more are generating significant income by operating return points and receiving a handling fee for every container collected through a partnership with TOMRA Cleanaway.
With millions of containers collected and processed by these return points every week, a wide range of new employment opportunities and a significant revenue stream is created for our partner organisations, providing valuable funds that can be invested back into welfare programs or social enterprises.
Contact us to become a Charity Return Point Operator raising funds for your charity.
Close to $1 million raised through our major recycling appeals
The digital connectivity offered by our RVMs, combined with the state-wide coverage of our network, allows us to partner with major charities on unique fundraising campaigns.
Machine users can support a worthy community cause simply by returning eligible bottles and cans and selecting the on-screen ‘Donate’ option.
Our major recycling appeals have raised close to $1 million for charities, including Beyond Blue, OzHarvest, Rural Aid, Starlight, The Salvation Army and WWF Australia. We’ve helped communities affected by natural disasters and, more recently, by the COVID-19 pandemic.
These campaigns highlight a specific cause, raise substantial awareness about a charity’s work and community impact, and give people a direct and tangible way to help.
These major recycling appeals have so far raised:
- $423,519 through the ‘Bottles for the Bush’ appeal, with 100% of the funds going to Rural Aid to assist farmers and rural families
- $244,383 through the ‘Bottles CAN Change Lives’ appeal, with funds supporting Beyond Blue, OzHarvest and The Salvation Army on the back of the COVID crisis in 2020
- $144,515 through the ‘Cans for Koalas’ appeal, with funds going towards WWF’s Australian Wildlife and Nature Recovery Fund to help restore affected habitats of iconic local species following the 2019 bushfires
- $120,000 through the ‘Containers 4 Kids’ appeal, with funds helping Starlight Children’s Foundation brighten the lives of over 3,000 sick kids in hospital and their families
Find out more about our last major recycling appeal.
Hundreds of schools, charities and not-for-profit groups are benefiting from tens of thousands of drink container refunds donated every week
The ‘Charity’ functionality on the scheme’s app enables everyone who returns their eligible drink containers to donate some or all their refunds directly to a charity, school, sports club, or community group via their smartphones.
The functionality offers a unique level of transparency that allows app users to find out more about the donation partner, check their credentials and where the funds will go. The live status shows funds raised in real time, keeping donors up to date. The app can provide tax-deductible receipts directly to donors, helping save precious time for charities with Deductible Gift Recipients (DGR) status.
An unlimited number of not-for-profit organisations can benefit from receiving donations simply by being listed on the app. In no time, they can start receiving donations from ANY RVM in the state. With no upfront costs or ongoing overheads, this digital fundraising tool provides a unique opportunity for charities to access a network of hundreds of thousands of app users and potential donors.
Contact us to become an App Donation Partner.
Our Reverse Vending Machines (RVMs) enable recyclers to donate their drink container refunds to one of up to four donation partners listed on the RVM screens.
With over 350 RVMs across NSW, there is an opportunity for hundreds of small and large charities, schools, sports clubs and local community groups to become on-screen donation partners and benefit from millions of refunds every year.
With no upfront costs or ongoing charges, RVMs connect not-for-profit organisations with a large network of potential donors. Not only does it help charities raise precious funds and increase their profiles in the community, but by receiving donations directly from the listing on our screens, it’s also an easy way for volunteers, supporters and generous recyclers to participate and give back to the community.
Donation partners can be listed on the screens of RVMs located in their area. Schools and sports clubs are generally featured on a couple of machines, while a regional charity could potentially be listed on more than 15 machines. Statewide charities can apply to be listed on the entire network of RVMs.
Contact us to become an On-Screen Donation Partner.
The ‘new sausage sizzle’ raising valuable funds for local charities.
A wide range of community groups proactively engages their volunteers and supporters to collect as many drink containers as possible, returning cans and bottles to their local machines or collection points to cash in the refunds.
The funds raised by community groups across NSW through the Bottle & Can drives or donation bins are estimated to be in the millions of dollars since the start of the scheme in December 2017.
As the network operator, TOMRA Cleanaway is a key first point of contact for organisations willing to increase their involvement with the scheme. We are helping these community groups gain access to the scheme’s key information, collection bags and scheme-branded signage. We also share PR and marketing tips on how best to engage with the local community.
The following community groups we have supported represent a snapshot of hundreds of similar stories across the state:
- Lions Club of Ballina, Gerringong and Temora, who have raised more than $120,000, helping fund vital community initiatives
- Ballina Hospital Auxiliary, who have collected over 20,000 containers to date, raising $2,000 to help buy equipment for maternity, emergency and operating theatre patients
- Marine Rescue Sydney – State Communications Centre (ex – Terrey Hills),who have raised more than $5,000 since they started fundraising through the scheme in March 2019, helping increase boating traffic safety in NSW
- Can Assist Orange, whose team have collected tens of thousands of containers to deposit at RVMs, raising more than $5,000 since August 2020
Each of these organisations decided to use the scheme to help the environment and reduce litter by placing can and bottle donation bins or large donation bags at their local schools, swimming pools, sports clubs or caravan parks. The collected cans and bottles are then returned to a collection point, with the resulting funds channelled back into important community programs, such as drought, fire and flood relief, in-school initiatives, provisions, and a wide range of other vital local initiatives that are making a difference to the lives of many members in our community.
Contact us to find out how we can help you run a successful ‘Bottles & Cans’ drive.