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A wild koala (Phascolarctos cinereus) climbing in its natural habitat of gum trees © Shutterstock / GunnerL /WWF

A wild koala (Phascolarctos cinereus) climbing in its natural habitat of gum trees © Shutterstock / GunnerL /WWF

TOMRA - Cans for Koalas

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  • container deposit scheme
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WWF-Australia is proud to announce a partnership with TOMRA. Founded in 1972, TOMRA is the inventor and world leader in reverse vending systems. In the wake of the devastating bushfires of 2019/2020 that destroyed over 12 million hectares of bushland and forests, TOMRA  has just launched a nationwide recycling appeal  called  “Cans for Koalas”  to give Australians the unique opportunity to donate their empty drink bottles and cans to help provide ongoing care and recovery to wildlife. All proceeds received through this initiative will be donated to WWF’s Australian Wildlife and Nature Recovery Fund.


Every year, TOMRA machines accept, recognise and collect over 40 billion empty drink containers worldwide and in return give a 10c reward for each one. It’s part of a continuous recycling process TOMRA call Clean Loop Recycling that ensures fewer resources are used, less energy is wasted and containers have the best chance of being turned back into containers again – time after time. 

From Monday 24th February 2020, recyclers in NSW, QLD and NT will have the option to donate their 10c container refund by simply selecting “Cans for Koalas” on all TOMRA recycling machines. Each 10c donation from a returned can or bottle will deliver crucial funding to WWF’s Australian Wildlife and Nature Recovery Fund. “Cans for Koalas” will run till Sunday 23rd August 2020, and comes on the back of TOMRA’s successful “Bottles for the Bush” initiative, which raised over $500,000 nationwide to help rural families impacted by drought and bushfires.



The Bottom Line

The devastating bushfires of 2019/2020 have killed over 1.25 billion animals, including thousands of koalas and iconic species such as kangaroos, wallabies, kookaburras, cockatoos and honeyeaters. WWF’s Australian Wildlife and Nature Recovery Fund will deploy emergency funds to care for our injured wildlife and now that the fires have cleared, help restore the forest homes our koalas, kangaroos and other animals have lost, by planting and protecting two billion trees by 2030, creating safe corridors for koalas, and helping to implement Indigenous and rural fire management.  See how your donation will make a difference.  

TOMRA’s reverse vending machines  may be found all over Australia and are an important part of the state governments’ container deposit schemes in New South Wales - NSW Government’s Return and Earn scheme, in Queensland, and in the Northern Territory, 

Container deposit schemes are a key criteria of WWF-Australia’s 2019 Plastics Scorecard, which assesses each state’s plans to phase out the top 10 single-use plastics that are polluting nature. The WWF-TOMRA partnership creates a win-win scenario for nature conservation, by encouraging further take-up of container deposit schemes which reduce plastic pollution, and helping impacted species and habitats recover from the bushfires with each donation. 




“Like all Australians, we were saddened by the loss of over one billion Aussie animals including koalas, kangaroos and kookaburras in the most recent bushfires, and felt compelled to do what we can to help them recover. So we are urging Australians around the nation to recycle whatever drink containers they can and donate them to our Cans for Koalas Appeal” 



How to donate in NSW

Recyclers in NSW can donate their eligible containers at one of the 320 TOMRA Return and Earn machines across the state. Visit to find your nearest return point.


How to donate in Qld

Recyclers in QLD can donate their eligible containers at one of the 10 TOMRA Recycling Centres across SE QLD. Visit to find your nearest return location.


How to donate in NT

Recyclers in NT can donate their eligible containers at the TOMRA Recycling Centre – 11 Tang Street, Coconut Grove. Visit for more details.

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