“We are thrilled by the support communities like Dubbo have given Return and Earn” – James Dorney | CEO, TOMRA Cleanaway


The NSW community recently celebrated the 9 billionth container to be refunded through Return and Earn at TOMRA Cleanaway return points across the state. An equally impressive milestone has just been celebrated at Dubbo, achieving an incredible 50 million bottles and containers returned through the Return and Earn Depot!

At the Dubbo bulk container processing facility, known as an automated depot, recyclers receive a 10c refund for each eligible bottle, can or carton they return, meaning $500,000 has gone back into the Dubbo community so far!

The Wellington Lions Club have returned over 650,000 drink containers through the scheme since its commencement in 2017, that’s a $65,000 donation to the club, assisting their charitable foundations. Local resident David Eslick, was responsible for recycling 200,000 of those drink containers contributing $20,000 to his charity.  Mr Eslick credits local businesses and residents who save their drink containers for him to collect weekly.

St Vincent de Paul Society NSW’s Mitch Saddler, Acting Executive Director, Commercial Enterprise, Fundraising and Communications, congratulated Dubbo on hitting the 50 million containers milestone.

James Dorney, CEO of TOMRA Cleanaway, network operator for Return and Earn, said he was “thrilled by the support communities like Dubbo have given Return and Earn”.

“As well as the direct benefit container refunds have for locals, it means that together we are making NSW a more sustainable and environmentally-friendly state,” Mr Dorney said.

The Dubbo Return and Depot, located at 25 Douglas Mawson Rd, Dubbo, is one of over 600 return points available across NSW.

For more information on Return and Earn, including checking container eligibility or the status of your nearest return point, download the Return and Earn app.

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