media alert - friday 10th may 7.30am - 8.30am


WHERE: Return and Earn machine at Auburn Youth Centre in Lidcombe, Wyatt Park Sports Complex, Church Street.

DATE & TIME: Friday 10th May - Starts 7am - 9am


HOOK: Little Wings will be selected as the statewide Major charity partner with Return and Earn. From now until October, our goal is to recycle 1,000,000 bottles and raise $100,000 over the next 6 months. Strongman Troy Conley-Magnusson will be pulling a Return and Earn truck full of bottles and cans, with the weight of this truck equivalent to that of 1,000,000 cans and bottles; that is approximately 14 tonnes of recycled units.

Your support would go a long way to helping us raise awareness for the Little Wings mission but also the importance and impact of recycling in caring for the planet. We would love to have your energy and presence at such an event, and hope that you and the team might consider coming down to see Try in all his glory.

Special Guests

The Hon Jihad Dib MP, Minister for Emergency Services

The Hon. Penny Sharpe MP, Minister for Energy and Climate Change, Minister for Environment and Heritage

Clare Pearson CEO Little Wings

Josh Reynolds - NRL Commentator, Little Wings Brand Ambassador

Troy Strong Man Conley-Magnusson

Armani Dixon, Little Wings Ambassador

Troy Strong Man Conley-Magnusson

Danielle Smalley, CEO Exchange for Change

James Dorney, CEO TOMRA Cleanaway
Little Wings Mascot


Introducing Armani 

A little update on our girl, Armani. This girl is pure sunshine... resilient, positive and empowered. A country kid through and through.

But it has not always been the case, at 5 years old she endured third degree burns to her body, limbs and face... the remaining healthy skin on one leg and her head used to generate skins graphs.

On a recent visit to her home town of Gulargambone, near Coonamable, she generously told us about the painful medical treatments required and ongoing, the years of nightmares recounting the incident and the fear, stress and love her family experienced and share during her treatment.

Whilst the journey is not over, and Armani continues to fly with Little Wings and receive treatment at Westmead Children's Hospital, today she is proudly pain-free and all smiles. Grateful for all that she has survived and leading a life of joy on the farm with her family.

When we asked her about her recovery, she said that the repair of her ear has been a big milestone; lost in the fire, her great medical team have rebuilt her ear and she has great hopes of one day getting her ears pierced.

In sharing these moments with Armani, our heart is so full as we see childhood memories created and traumas slowly overcome.

how it works



You can select to donate your 10c refund to any charity, school, sports club or local community group featured on the app from any machines or automated depot (using Tag and Drop) in NSW. Simply:


  1. Open your Return and Earn app AND search for your favourite charity under the “CHARITIES” menu
  2. Press on its tile, scroll down and select ‘Set as payout’
  3. Scan your app at your local Return and Earn machine or automated depot (using Tag and Drop)
  4. Return your containers and press “TRANSFER” on the machine screen or follow the steps on the Tag and Drop screen at an automated depot.


100% of the refund will be donated to the donation partner that you selected to receive your payout.


vendor machine


You can support our major donation partner by donating directly on the screens of your machines. Simply:

  1. Return your drink containers
  2. Press “DONATE” on the touchscreen to our major charity partner
  3. Press “CONFIRM” to validate your donation. 100% of your refund will be donated to charity.


100% of the refund will be donated to the donation partner that you selected to receive your payout.


recycle depot


Enquire with your nearest automated depot to check which charities they support.

You can also donate through the app if you use Tag and Drop.