Early Links Supporting Inclusion

Return and Earn Charity Partnership

Return and Earn Charity Partnership
Alana Grants & Sponsorship Officer

By Alana Burton

Grants & Sponsorship Officer


I am so excited to share that Early Links has been selected as a charity partner for the myTOMRA Return and Earn initiative. As you may be aware, most drink containers made from glass, plastic or aluminium are eligible for a 10c refund when taken to a Return and Earn location. From now until 16th October 2022, you will be able to donate this refund to Early Links at 14 locations throughout the Hunter.

Good for the environment, good for the community

This initiative is something I am really passionate about and so proud for Early Links to be part of. Return and Earn began in December 2017 with the goal of reducing litter in New South Wales by 40% by 2020. The initiative has been a huge success, with over 7 billion containers returned to date – that’s over 672, 000 tonnes of materials recycled! Return and Earn is not only a great approach to decreasing litter, it is also a fantastic way to educate people on the importance of recycling and support community fundraisers.

How will donations be spent?

Early Links is currently raising funds for the Big Yellow Bus – the star attraction at our free and inclusive playgroup we run for children with additional needs. These funds will be used to renovate the bus, provide essential maintenance, purchase therapeutic play equipment and fresh, new signage. By donating your Return and Earn refund to Early Links, you can help protect our environment while supporting a worthy cause in your community.
Return and Earn Charity Partnership

Alana returning some bottles

How do I donate?

You can donate your refund to Early Links in a few easy steps:

1. Collect eligible drink containers (to find out more about which cans and bottles can be recycled, click here).

2. Take your containers to one of the following Return and Earn locations:

      • BP Thornton
      • BP Nulkaba
      • Miller Park Sports Club
      • Kurri Kurri Bowling Club
      • 115 Northcote St Kurri Kurri
      • Muswellbrook Marketplace
      • Pursehouse Rural Muswellbrook
      • Woolworths Scone
      • Singleton Golf Course
      • Woolworths Singleton
      • Woolworths Aberglasslyn
      • Coles Rutherford
      • Mustang Drive Rutherford
      • Big W Cessnock

3. Receive 10¢ back for every eligible container you return.

4. Select ‘Donate’ and choose ‘Early Links’ to donate your refund (as a bonus, donations of $2 or more are tax-deductible and issued with a receipt)

    Where can I find out more?

    To find out more about Return and Earn, click here.

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