Return and Earn to support Northcott

By Emily Newton, 30 November 2018 , Comments

It’s time to collect your drink containers – your trash is Northcott’s treasure!

Northcott has been announced as a charity partner for the Return and Earn program over the holiday period in the Illawarra area. Three reverse vending machines (RVMs) will be giving community members the chance to support people with disability by donating their 10c refund to Northcott.

Not only does the program keep our community clean, but by choosing to donate your 10c refund to Northcott, you will be supporting local people with disability unlock, discover and unleash their potential.

“Our Oak Flats Centre Based Life Skills and Vocational Skills customers are excited to participate in the Return and Earn initiative to support Northcott fundraising,” Northcott Wollongong Coordinator Marney Bassal said.

“Each 10c refund will go towards supporting Northcott’s local services and improvements to our facilities.”

With the holiday season upon us, it’s the perfect time to collect your drink containers from each Christmas gathering or New Years celebration you attend for a great cause. Every 10c counts!

“After speaking with our customers and co-workers, we are positive that families, friends, carers and local businesses in our community will jump on board,” Marney said.

“We are looking forward to promoting and supporting the initiative.”

The three RVMs that are supporting Northcott are:

Woolworths Wollongong
63 Burelli Street, Wollongong

The Fraternity Club
11 Bourke Street, Fairy Meadow

Woolworths Shellharbour
211 Lake Entrance Road, Shellharbour City Centre

From Monday 26 November 2018 until Sunday 24 February 2019 supporting people with disability is as simple as one, two, three!

One: Begin collecting your eligible drink containers. These need to be in good condition and have the bottle’s label and barcode intact.

Two: Visit one of the three listed Reverse Vending Machine with your bottles.

Three: When depositing your containers, select the option to donate your refund to ‘The Northcott Society’. Each 10c refund for bottles returned will go towards supporting people with disability.

Most drinks containers between 150ml and three litres are eligible for the 10c refund. They need to be in good condition (not broken or crushed), be empty and have the label attached.

The containers can be made of:

  • Glass
  • Plastic
  • Aluminium
  • Steel
  • Or liquid paperboard (cartons)

On average, people in NSW bring 55 containers for returns to Reverse Vending Machines per trip. Let’s see what you can do!

For more details visit the Return and Earn website.

Related content:

To learn more about how Northcott supports Blake in Wollongong, read about his journey to independence.

Find out how the local community has recently supported Northcott Oak Flats and Wollongong with the purchase of an accessible van.


Let's see what you can do.

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