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Donate part of Return and Earn refund to help train assistance dog to improve lives

IT has taken 400,000 cans, bottles and drink containers donated through the Return and Earn scheme, to hit a fundraising milestone for Assistance Dogs Australia (ADA).

The charity says it costs $40,000 to raise and train a Labrador or Golden Retriever puppy over two years to become a qualified assistance dog who can help those living with mobility needs, autism or post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
Tomra Collection Solutions Australia is the technology provider of the Return and Earn reverse vending machines across NSW, and president Ryan Buzzell says Return and Earn and Assistance Dogs Australia have now doubled their original fundraising target to $80,000.
Mr Buzzell explained that each Return and Earn reverse vending machine offers the option to donate the 10 cent refund per eligible container to participating charities, such as ADA.
“Australians are known for loving their pets and those of us who have them know that they are tremendous for our wellbeing,” he said.
“So not only are our users helping to save the environment, they are supporting the work of essential not-for-profit organisations.
“We are encouraging all Aussies to help out in any way they can.”
To find your nearest recycling point for eligible containers, visit returnandearn.org.au.