Vinnies and the Return and Earn Scheme

Return and Earn

It’s feel good recycling!

Hundreds of Australian individuals, families, schools, community groups and businesses have embraced Return and Earn and Vinnies is proud to offer multiple locations across the state.

Keep the 10c refund from your eligible containers for yourself, or donate some of your refund to Vinnies.

Interested in volunteering at Vinnies Return and Earn?

Fill in the application from below and one of our Return and Earn team will get back to you. 

What is Return and Earn?

Return and Earn is a scheme whereby you collect eligible drink containers, take them to one of our Vinnies depots, and receive a cash refund for your recycling efforts.

Most drink bottles and cans are eligible for a refund. Cans (e.g. soft drink), bottles, cartons & juice boxes or poppers. Most containers between 150ml and 3 litres are accepted. To be eligible for a refund your bottles, cans and containers must be in good condition, empty and have the label attached. If you're not sure, look for the 10c label or check at our Depots.

Recycle your drink containers and help our Planet

Over the next 20 years it is expected that there will be:

  • 1.6 billion fewer containers littered
  • Almost 11 billion fewer containers ending up in landfill
  • 12.6 billion more beverage containers being recycled

School and business partnership opportunities 

Partnering with us is easy and offers your business a strong, well-recognised and loved charity to be supported with. Additionally, this service is provided at no cost to your school, community group or business.

Many organisations have partnered with us given the cost benefit - your garbage disposal costs are greatly reduced as recyclable drink containers are removed from waste stream. Our current partners enjoy and promote their partnership via their corporate sustainability program and by reducing their landfill footprint.

We provide a tax invoice at EOFY for your total donation value. It’s win win!

To discuss how you can partner with one of our Return and Earn centres, contact us on:

Donate part of your cash refund to Vinnies and help rebuild lives

When it comes to financial donations, every little bit really does count and it is only thanks to your generosity that we are able to help the thousands of Australians we do every year. So, if you are able to donate some, or all of your refund back to Vinnies, we want you to know that you are doing something truly special, and that your recycling donation helps Vinnies rebuild lives every day.

Vinnies Return and Earn depot locations

Our depots employ friendly local faces but are also automated, resulting in a speedy and efficient service when you visit us. We have 8 depots across the state, find out which one is closest to you. 


Unit 1 12 Belford Pl, Cardiff


25 Douglas Mawson Rd, Dubbo


15-21 Lenehan Rd, Griffith


Unit 11 158 Princes Hwy, South Nowra


Unit 3 137 Coreen Ave, Penrith


4 Macintosh Street, Taminda

Tweed Heads

57 Ourimbah Rd, Tweed Heads

Wagga Wagga

90-92 Hammond Ave, East Wagga Wagga


10-12 Investigator Dr, Unanderra

Return and Earn

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