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Return and Earn machine

Ballina locals have a convenient new location to recycle their eligible bottles and cans with the opening of a new Return and Earn machine at Ballina Central Shopping Centre.


This is the second return point in Ballina Shire, making it even easier for the local community to redeem their eligible bottles and cans for the 10c refund. 


“Ballina Shire residents should be proud of their recycling efforts, having returned over 46 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.


“The convenience of having this new machine at Ballina Central means it’s never been easier to make ‘returning and earning’ part of your weekly routine.”


Users of the new machine have the option to print a voucher for the refund amount, redeemable for cash at Coles supermarket. Or they can download the Return and Earn app and opt for an e-voucher or payment directly into their bank account or PayPal. 


Local recyclers 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.     


Ballina-on-Richmond Rotary is currently featured as the local donation partner on the Ballina machine, with funds raised through Return and Earn helping support their important work in the community.  


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 10.7 billion bottles, cans and cartons have been returned for recycling through the network of around 616 return points across NSW since the scheme began in 2017, resulting in over $1.07 billion in refunds back in people’s pockets.  


“I encourage everyone to start returning today, and together we can all do our bit to contribute to a more sustainable future where materials are kept in the loop and out of landfill and the litter stream,” said Mr Dorney.


The new Ballina Return and Earn machine is located at Ballina Central Shopping Centre, 44 Bangalow Rd, Ballina and is open from 7am to 7pm daily.    


For more information on Return and Earn visit: 

Contact details:

Evonne McCabe 0438 459 524


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