Paypal is part of a new NSW initiative to recycle empty bottles and cans

Jennifer Hawkins drinking a beer. Photo: Brendon Thorne/ Getty Images.

The New South Wales recycling program for drinks containers begins on December 1, offering a 10c refund on bottles and cans when deposited in one of the 800 reverse vending machines installed across the state.

The Network Operator TOMRA Cleanaway has partnered with online payments provider PayPal to digitalise the scheme, so funds from recycling can go straight to the user’s PayPal account.

The initiative is designed to address the more than 160 million bottles and cans that end up as litter in NSW each year, at a cost of more than $162 million to the economy.

Here’s how it will work:

  • Users will need to download the myTOMRA app to their smartphones
  • Prior to depositing the bottles, the user will need to scan the barcode from the myTOMRA app under the barcode reader on the vending machine
  • Once the bottles have been deposited, the funds will instantly and securely transfer into the user’s registered PayPal account

There’s a feelgood option too, with users given option to select a charity to donate the refund to.

If you simply want cold hard cash, user’s can opt to print a refund docket that can be exchanged for cash or redeemed on in-store purchases at the local retail partner.

Collection points are beginning to roll out, and already there are reverse vending machines in suburbs and cities from Granville to Glenorie, Tumut, Lisarow, Medowie and Vincentia.

The myTOMRA app will be available for download from November 20.

Here’s a demo of the vending machines in action.


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