Return & Earn


To complement Midcoast Council's kerbside recycling services, the NSW Government is delivering the largest litter reduction scheme ever introduced in NSW- the NSW container deposit scheme, Return and Earn.

Return and Earn has been introduced to reduce drink container litter across the State.

For the most up-to-date information on local collection points, the types of containers which can attract a refund, or see frequently asked questions about the scheme – see the NSW Government’s Return and Earn website.

Local collection points

There are currently two local collection points, a reverse vending machine in the Forster Woolworths carpark, and a manual collection point in Tuncurry.

Resource Recovery are operating a manual collection point at their 12 Dee Crescent Tuncurry premises.

Members of the community are advised that as this is a manual collection point and as items need to be individually counted, there may be some delays. There is a limit of 500 containers per person per day. Identification and a declaration will be required.

Operating hours are:

  • Monday - 8.30am – 12.30pm
  • Tuesday- 8.30am – 12.30pm
  • Wednesday - 12.30pm – 4.30pm
  • Thursday- 12.30pm – 4.30pm
  • Friday - CLOSED
  • Saturday - 12 noon – 4pm
  • Sunday - 8.30am – 12.30pm

For more information on the Resource Recovery collection point contact Dave Rees on 0407 879 804

To keep up-to-date with local collection points, go to Return and Earn.