Recycling program adds new donation feature

A new donation feature has been launched to help raise funds for sick children in NSW through the Return and Earn reverse vending machine network.

The Starlight Children’s Foundation’s Containers 4 Kids campaign, which launched on November 1, enables people to donate the proceeds from their eligible beverage containers to campaign at any Return and Earn machine and help to raise $250,000.

Environment Minister, Matt Kean, said it was a wonderful opportunity for local recyclers to help a fantastic cause.

“We’re encouraging NSW recyclers to return their bottles and cans and donate their refunds to help brighten the lives of sick kids in NSW,” Kean said.

“The new Containers 4 Kids campaign will support the Starlight Children’s Foundation to deliver vital in-hospital services like Captain Starlight and the Starlight Express Rooms across NSW.

“With visitations heavily restricted due to COVID-19, sick kids in hospital are experiencing isolation from loved ones, and the need for Starlight’s vital services and positive distraction has never been greater.

“This is a wonderful opportunity for NSW recyclers to help a fantastic cause.”

Recyclers can donate their 10 cent refunds at any Return and Earn reverse vending machine by selecting ‘donate’ on the screen and choosing ‘Containers 4 Kids’, 100 per cent of refunds going directly to the Starlight Children’s Foundation.

The self-service vending machine on Oval Ave, Woy Woy, remains open throughout the week from 8am to 8pm for up to 500 containers.

The Little Shop on 53 Barrenjoey Rd, Ettalong, is staffed on Monday to Fridays, 7am to 6pm, and from 8:30am to 4:30pm on the weekends.

The Pearl Beach General Store and Café on 1 Pearl Pde is also staffed throughout the week from 7:30am to 3pm.

There are also return points at Ocean Beach, Umina and Killcare Surf Life Saving Clubs but they remain temporarily closed.

The Containers 4 Kids campaign will run until April 3, 2022.

Updates on funds raised and tangible outcomes will be posted on the Return and Earn’s Facebook page and website.

To find your nearest Return and Earn RVM go to

Maisy Rae