Return and Earn Machine Opens at Wee Waa!

Narrabri Shire Council  residents have returned 28.5 million bottles, cans and cartons through the Return and Earn scheme since it began, with the latest machine recently installed at Wee Waa, just in time for the holiday season.


Welcome to the TOMRA Cleanaway network for Return and Earn, Carlo’s IGA Wee Waa Machine!

NARRABRI residents have a new location to recycle their eligible bottles and cans with the opening of a new Return and Earn machine at the local Carlo’s IGA Wee Waa.

This is the third return point in the Narrabri area, making it even easier and more convenient for the local community to redeem their eligible bottles and cans for the 10c refund.

“Narrabri Shire Council residents are enthusiastic recyclers, having returned more than 28.5 million eligible bottles, cans and cartons through local return points since the scheme began,” said James Dorney, CEO of TOMRA Cleanaway, the network operator for the scheme.

“This equates to more than $2.8 million in container refunds returned to the local community.”

Users of the Wee Waa machine have the option to print a voucher for the refund amount, which is redeemable for cash at Carlo’s IGA. Or they can download the Return and Earn app and opt for an e-voucher or payment directly into their bank account or PayPal account.

Locals can also donate their refund to one of the charity partners listed on the machine or one of the many charities listed on the Return and Earn app.

Namoi Valley Christian School is currently featured as the local donation partner on the Wee Waa machine, with funds raised through Return and Earn supporting school initiatives.

Local recyclers can also donate their refund to the current state-wide Return and Earn donation appeal in support of RFS Benevolent Fund and their work providing crisis and other support for volunteers and their families of the NSW Rural Fire Service.

Return and Earn has become a key fundraising channel for many charities and community groups across NSW. More than $47 million has been raised from donations and fees from hosting return points since the scheme launched in 2017.

More than 10.4 billion bottles, cans and cartons have been returned for recycling through the network of 620 return points across NSW since the scheme began in 2017.


This article first appeared in the Country Leader