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Vinnies Celebrates 10 Millionth Container Collection at Return and Earn Return Points

Source: Stuart Ayres MP, Member for Penrith
Archived 20 Jan 2019 - Posted: 21 Nov 2018
Stuart Ayres MP Member for Penrith joined representatives from St Vincent de Paul Society NSW and Tomra Cleanaway to celebrate a Return and Earn milestone with 10 million containers collected across the charity’s numerous return points.

Stuart Ayres congratulated Vinnies on this milestone at the newly opened Penrith automated depot site, which is one of four automated depots and 15 over the counter return point sites operated by Vinnies as part of the NSW container deposit scheme.

“Vinnies is a great example of the success of Return and Earn, with 19 return points operating across NSW to facilitate 10 cent refunds for customers and to help support the important work that the charity does in our communities,” Stuart Ayres said.

“From opening their first return points in December 2017 through a number of Vinnies shops across Western Sydney, the Illawarra, Southern Highlands and Shoalhaven, to now having four bulk deposit sites and processing their 10 millionth container is a phenomenal effort and a testament to how popular Return and Earn is in NSW.

“Since the scheme began on 1 December 2017, more than 944 million containers have been returned to return points across NSW and Return and Earn container litter volume has dropped by one third in NSW.

“These are brilliant results and I congratulate Vinnies on their 10 millionth milestone and the NSW community for embracing the state’s largest litter reduction initiative and helping to keep our communities litter free.”

Vinnies Executive Director for Central Councils and Commercial Operations, Peter Knock, explained that the St Vincent de Paul Society’s participation in the Return and Earn program expanded on the Society’s ethos.

“Our participation in the container deposit scheme is intrinsically linked to the Society’s ongoing commitment to recycling, and is an extension of our retail store philosophy of reuse – helping to divert waste from landfill and supporting those in need at the same time,” Mr Knock said.

“To reach the 10,000,000 container milestone within a year of our participation in the scheme through over-the-counter and bulk sites is really promising, and we hope that the community will continue to embrace our bulk deposit centres as convenient options for processing their eligible containers.

“By simply using the facilities, customers are helping to raise important funds so that Vinnies can keep providing a hand up to those experiencing disadvantage and homelessness in our communities, and we’re encouraged by the growing number of refund donations that further enhance our ability to provide help where it’s needed most.”

A list of Vinnies return points is available below. A full list of more than 685 return points across NSW and more information about Return and Earn is available on the Return and Earn website.

Vinnies return point locations:

Vinnies Penrith Automated depot
Unit 3, 137 Coreen Avenue, Penrith

Vinnies South Nowra Automated depot
Unit 11, 158 Princes Highway, South Nowra

Vinnies Unanderra Automated depot
10-12 Investigator Drive, Unanderra

Vinnies Cardiff Automated depot
Unit 1, 12 Belford Place, Cardiff

Vinnies Blacktown Over the counter
4/14 St Martins Crescent, Blacktown

Vinnies Campbelltown Over the counter
13 Warby St, Campbelltown

Vinnies Fairy Meadow Over the counter
138 Princes Highway, Fairy Meadow

Vinnies Jamisontown Over the counter
2/120 Batt St, Jamisontown

Vinnies Kingswood Over the counter
74 Cox Avenue, Kingswood

Vinnies Macquarie Fields Over the counter
61 Saywell Rd, Macquarie Fields

Vinnies Mittagong Over the counter
22 Bowral Rd, Mittagong

Vinnies Moss Vale Over the counter
502 Argyle St, Moss Vale

Vinnies Mt Druitt Over the counter
11B Zoe Place, Mt Druitt

Vinnies North Parramatta Over the counter
583 Church St, North Parramatta

Vinnies Oak Flats Over the counter
41 Central Avenue, Oak Flats

Vinnies Picton Over the counter
13 Colden St, Picton

Vinnies Shoalhaven Heads Over the counter
128 Shoalhaven Heads Rd, Shoalhaven Heads

Vinnies Warrawong Over the counter
250 Cowper St, Warrawong

Vinnies North Wollongong Over the counter
110 Montague St, North Wollongong

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