ORANGE’S latest Return and Earn facility, is weeks away from opening.

Return and Earn network operator, TOMRA Cleanaway has partnered with Australian Disability Enterprise and not-for-profit Wangarang Industries to operate Orange’s first Return and Earn automated depot.

The new large, dedicated facility is currently under construction and due to open in early 2024.

Orange locals have enthusiastically embraced Return and Earn has returned over 67 million drink containers for recycling through the existing two return and earn points since the scheme began six years ago.

The Woolworths North Orange return point has always been busy and popular with central-west locals. In recent years, the Return and Earn network from TOMRA Cleanaway has been bolstered with a new format Return and Earn Centre. An indoor, air conditioned facility that provides the community with the opportunity to Return and Earn, no matter the weather. The Return and Earn Centre Orange is located at 123 Endsleigh Avenue, Orange.



The new, large format Return and Earn Depot at the Wangarang site will be Orange’s third collection point and will provide an easy drive through option for customers to return bulk quantities of eligible drink containers.

Once open, the Orange Return and Earn Depot will be an extension of the existing services Wangarang provides to the community and will include four full-time and two casual jobs, as well as the opportunity for up to 25 supported employees to work at the facility.

“Being part of the Return and Earn network in NSW means more than just providing supported jobs in the Central West of NSW,” CEO Wangarang Industries Kevin McGuire said.

“Wangarang is embarking on a new service opportunity that will help provide a distinct revenue stream that assists us maintain our organisational sustainability.”


The new depot will provide an additional convenient location to recycle their eligible bottles and cans. It will accept any volume of containers, but the sorting and counting machines make it an ideal choice for customers returning 500 or more containers.

The Orange Return and Earn depot will be located at 1635 Forest Road, Orange.

This will be the third local return point in Orange, including the Return and Earn Centre at 123 Endsleigh Avenue, and the Woolworths North Orange reverse vending machine.

Duty MLC for the Orange and Bathurst electorates, Stephen Lawrence, said the addition of the new return and earn machine to the already vital services being provided by Wangarang was great for the business.

This article first appeared in the Central Western Daily.