Third bulk container facility opens to support Vinnies services

The St Vincent de Paul Society NSW today opened a new Bulk Container Deposit Centre in Cardiff, providing an additional revenue stream to help fund Vinnies services for people experiencing homelessness and disadvantage.

The centre presents an efficient way to process large volumes of eligible containers, helping residents, schools, community organisations and businesses to be a part of the State government’s Return and Earn container deposit scheme.

Able to process approximately 100,000 containers per day, the new facility is located at 1/12, Belford Place, Cardiff. The third of its kind to be operated by Vinnies in NSW, it complements over-the-counter sites and reverse vending machines across Newcastle and Lake Macquarie.

Boasting automated processing and convenient drive-through access, the facility is open from 8.30am to 3.30pm Monday to Saturday. Container deposit refunds can be received on-the-spot via reverse electronic funds transfer (EFT). Facility users can choose to donate some or all of their refund to Vinnies to help support vital services, with tax-deductible receipts issued for donations over $2.

Vinnies Executive Director for Central Councils and Commercial Operations, Peter Knock, said that the Cardiff facility 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,” he said.

“Like similar initiatives in the Illawarra and Shoalhaven regions, the Vinnies Bulk Container Deposit Centre in Cardiff will help to raise important funds so that Vinnies can keep providing a hand up to those experiencing disadvantage and homelessness in our communities.”

Since the introduction of the container deposit scheme on 1 December 2017, Vinnies has processed more than seven million containers via over-the-counter and bulk deposit sites, helping to divert approximately 26,900 cubic metres from landfill – that’s around 290 semi-trailer loads.

Vinnies receives a fee for each container processed through the centre, so by simply utilising the facility, users are supporting the provision of much-needed services. Together with donated refunds, proceeds will be used to help run accommodation and support services, such as counselling and case management, for vulnerable and disadvantaged people across the region.

In the 2017-18 financial year alone, St Vincent de Paul Society Maitland/Newcastle Central Council members, volunteers and staff assisted more than 8,500 residents, providing almost $2.8 million in financial support.

Vinnies participation in the NSW Container Deposit Scheme was recently recognised with the Social Responsibility Champion accolade at the 2018 National Retail Awards.

Businesses and organisations interested in exploring partnership options can contact Vinnies NSW CDS project manager Jon D’Astoli on 0427 952 730 to learn more about working together with Vinnies to create a socially and environmentally sustainable future.

For more information on the Return and Earn program, visit www.returnandearn.org.au

For more information on the Vinnies Container Deposit Scheme locations, visit: www.vinnies.org.au/cds