Project Description

You can raise funds for your cause while helping the environment, encourage the community to recycle, and help the transition to a circular economy. 

Over 700 not-for-profit organisations, schools, sports clubs, community groups and charities have benefited from fundraising through the recycling of drink containers through their state’s Container Deposit Schemes using TOMRA’s unique technology.

So far, NSW, NT, QLD, and WA charities and community groups partnering with TOMRA have raised over $2M through our reverse vending technology.

App Donation Partner

App Donation Partner

You can raise funds from supporters all across NSW just by registering on the myTOMRA App. 

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On-Screen Donation Partner

On-Screen Donation Partner

If selected, you could be raising funds from new supporters either locally or across NSW, just by applying to be an on-screen donation partner. It’s free and you could be reaching over 45,000 recyclers every week!

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Major Recycling Appeals

Major Recycling Appeals

We run major charity appeals to help recyclers to support their favourite causes. 

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Bottle and Can Drives

Bottle and Can Drives

You can raise funds for your cause while helping the environment, encourage the community to recycle and help transition to a circular economy. 

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Become an App donation partner!

Benefit from receiving donations from ANY Reverse Vending Machines located across the state simply by being listed on the App. With no upfront costs, no ongoing overhead, this digital fundraising tool gives you the unique opportunity to access a network of > 300,000 App users and potential donors.

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Become an on-screen donation partner!

TOMRA Reverse Vending Machines (RVMs) enable recyclers to donate their drink container refund(s) to one of up to four donation partners listed on the screens.

Without upfront costs and no ongoing charges, it gives you access to a large network of potential donors. Not only can you raise precious funds and further raise your profile in your community but receiving donations directly from the listing on our screens is an easy way for volunteers, supporters and generous recyclers to participate and give back to the community, while helping the environment.

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Major Charity Appeals

Every minute of every day a child is admitted to hospital in Australia. In that moment, they often receive a diagnosis that turns their world upside down. Suddenly, smiles disappear, and life is filled with feelings of isolation and loneliness.

To help combat this, TOMRA and Cleanaway launched a nationwide appeal in October 2021. ‘Containers 4 Kids’ recycling appeal raises funds for Starlight Children’s Foundation, giving the opportunity to Aussies to turn their empty drink containers into smiles and support to help brighten the lives of sicks kids like Aru and their families.

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Our farmers faced the worst drought and the most dangerous bushfires in living memory. Some towns burnt to the ground and others were running out of water.

The goal of the “Bottles for the Bush” recycling Appeal was to support farmers and rural families during the devastating bushfires and drought of 2019. The campaign was aiming to raise $250,000 to help Rural Aid provide essential water, hay for livestock and food for farmers and rural families who needed it most. By February 2020, NSW recyclers blitzed that target: over $423,000 was raised in NSW alone across 320 RVMs in just 16 weeks, towards helping Rural Aid provide rural communities with food, water, and hay.

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Raised for farmers affected by bushfire and drought

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More than 3 billion animals perished as a result of the devastating bushfires of 2019-2020, and millions of other animals have been left homeless. World Wide Fund for Nature Australia partnered with TOMRA to launch the “Cans For Koalas” recycling appeal to help Australian wildlife recover from this disaster.

Launched in February 2020, the initiative allowed recyclers to choose the option to donate their 10-cent drink container refund by selecting “Cans For Koalas” on any TOMRA reverse vending machines across NSW, QLD, and NT. In six months, over $144,000 were donated towards WWF’s Australian Wildlife and Nature Recovery Fund.

WWF-Australia CEO Dermot O’Gorman said: “It is truly incredible to see partners like TOMRA and people from all over Australia banding together to protect our wildlife and wild places. The devastation caused by these bushfires is unprecedented and the recovery work ahead is immense. The Cans for Koalas helped us continue to respond to affected wildlife and deliver long-term plans and actions to restore what has been lost.”

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Raised for to restore Australian habitat

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Before the pandemic, 3.24 million Australians were already living below the poverty line. Coupled with the 2020-21 events (such as the drought crisis, bushfires and the pandemic), this number had increased significantly, with more and more Aussies impacted. As well as the significant health impact, COVID-19 brought emotional and financial hardship, with many in communities were struggling to put food on the table, pay their rent or bills, while many others were experiencing mental health issues, like depression or anxiety.

Charities also reported that while funding and donations had dropped dramatically since the pandemic began, demand for their services had increased by over 40% (ie. The Salvation Army). Their workers described the situation as a “tsunami of needs” coming their way.

The ‘Bottles Can Change Lives’ recycling appeal was a partnerships with local container deposit schemes and OzHArvest, Beyond Blue and The Salvation Army. It ran for 23 weeks from August 20 to February 21 and reached over $288,000 (over $244,000 in NSW alone) thanks to the donations of 2.88 million drink container refunds, helping over 160,000 members of our community via 155,670 meals, 2,259 financial counselling sessions to people experiencing financial hardship and over 2,736 members of the community receiving mental health support over the phone.

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Raised for Aussies doing it tough

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Community Fundraising Bottle and Can Drives

Also called ‘The new sausage sizzle”

A wide range of community groups proactively engages their volunteers and supporters to draw out as many drink containers as possible that they then return to their local machine or collection point to cash in the refunds.

Each one of these organisations decide to use the scheme to help the environment and reduce litter by placing “donation bins” or “large donation bags” at their local schools, swimming pool, footy clubs, or caravan parks to collect cans and bottles. These are then returned to a collection point, and the resulting funds are channelled back into important community programs that make their communities a better place to live.

The funds raised help finance important programs, from drought assistance & fire relief projects to food relief in-school programs and a wide range of other vital community initiatives.

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Our current appeal – Containers 4 Kids

Every minute of every day a child is admitted to hospital in Australia.

In that moment, they often receive a diagnosis that turns their world upside down. Suddenly, smiles disappear, and life is filled with feelings of isolation and loneliness.

To combat this, TOMRA and Cleanaway are launching a nationwide appeal for Aussies to turn their empty drink containers into smiles and support, bringing happiness to up to 6,000 sick kids like Aru and their families.

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What our charity partners are saying:

The online registration and set-up was extremely simple and we were up and running in no time. Not only is the app enhancing our income but it also promotes recycling and litter reduction in our local community.
Richard Lorde, Top Dog, Assistance Dogs Australia
I found the myTOMRA app VERY easy to download and use. I like the fact that minimal steps were involved in registering. High praise from someone whose skills in the digital age are not great.
Louise Webb, RSPCA Eurobodalla