Return and earn network operator TOMRA has announced a donation partnership with Buy a Bale, allowing residents to donate their 10c refunds on container returns to the drought relief appeal.
As of Wednesday, August 1, those wishing to donate return refunds are able to do so by scanning a special Buy a Bale barcode housed on the TOMRA Australia Facebook page and at www.mytomra.com.au when returning their containers.
Donated funds will go towards NSW farmers struggling to survive the harsh drought plaguing the state, providing them with much needed support like hay and other essentials.
Buy a Bale will also appear as a donation option on all 270 reverse vending machines across the state as of Monday, August 27.
“After seeing the harsh and unrelenting reality facing our farmers, and being inspired by the wider NSW community’s eagerness to band together in times of need, TOMRA was keen to get involved and provide an easy way for people to help,” TOMRA CEO, Ryan Buzzell said.
“With an average of two million containers being returned every day across NSW, if everyone donated just one of every 10 containers they return, we would raise up to $20,000 a day for NSW farmers.
“So we’re encouraging everyone to give as generously as they can over the next four months.”
Every 200 containers returned will provide one small hay bale for farmers in need.
Plus every 1100 containers returned will purchase a large hay bale, and every 95,000 containers returned is the equivalent of a semi-trailer load of hay.
Rural Aid CEO, Charles Alder said, “Even at the best of times, our farmers and rural communities are faced with some of the most severe conditions, so every donation, no matter how small, can mean the difference between devastation and survival.
“All it takes is something as simple as a bale of hay or a container refund donation to serve as a reminder that the rain might have dried up but Australians’ willingness to support each other never will.”
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