Students cash cans to fund replacement for single-use bottled water

Kiama High School students. Photo:
Kiama High School students. Photo:

Kiama High School and Envirobank Recycling, a Return and Earn automated depot, have joined forces for an easier way to cash in their cans.


Initially, Kiama High School was dropping eligible containers at the Reverse Vending Machine at Gerringong Surf Club. However, engaging with Envirobank Recycling allowed the school to focus on collecting eligible containers and have them picked up for a small fee.

Sustainability is key across all stages of the curriculum at the high school and Return and Earn is helping the school to raise money for two chilled water stations which will replace the use of single-use bottled water once installed.

The school applied to become a donation partner on the local reverse vending machines. Since Kiama High School appeared on ABC TV’s War on Waste, there has been a noticeable increase in the school and local community using Return and Earn to reduce litter.

Kiama High School meets on a regular basis with other local schools, including Gerringong, Jamberoo, Minnamurra and Kiama Public Schools, to enhance sustainability in the broader local community. They are looking to combine their efforts to increase the volume of containers and the revenue stream generated through Return and Earn.

Envirobank Recycling founder and managing director Narelle Anderson lauded Kiama High School for their efforts.

“Envirobank Recycling applauds the efforts and commitment of the Kiama High School students and is thrilled to be a part of the school’s effective sustainability program,” she said.

“Not only is the school’s sustainability program making a difference in their own community, it has become a showcase initiative to other schools in the area.

By working with Envirobank, Ms Anderson said Kiama High School was able to streamline and add scale to their Return and Earn efforts and ultimately their fundraising bottom line.

“Envirobank has simplified the collection, delivery and redemption process so the students can concentrate on increasing volumes and the amount of money being refunded,” she said.

“The school students can also be assured that every eligible container is being recycled in a sustainable manner.”