Vinnies Keeps NSW Beautiful with Litter Prevention Award
The St Vincent de Paul Society NSW has won the inaugural Keep Australia Beautiful NSW Return and Earn Litter Prevention Award, recognising the positive social and environmental impacts it is achieving.
This accolade is the second major award for the Vinnies NSW Container Deposit Scheme (CDS), and acknowledges the organisation’s commitment to its ‘reuse and recycle’ philosophy. The initiative was previously recognised as ‘Social Responsibility Champion’ at the 2018 National Retail Awards.
Through the scheme, Vinnies has now processed almost nine million containers, diverting them from landfill and helping people in need at the same time. Vinnies receives a handling fee for all containers processed, and customers also have the option to donate the 10c per container refund back to Vinnies’ fundraising efforts.
In response to popular demand, new Vinnies bulk CDS sites are opening across NSW. Alongside a number of Vinnies shops across Western Sydney, the Illawarra and Shoalhaven accepting containers, there are now bulk deposit sites in Unanderra, South Nowra and Cardiff, with a new facility set to open in Penrith on 29 October.
The Chief Executive Officer of Vinnies NSW, Jack de Groot, said the recent award recognition enhanced Vinnies’ reputation for sustainability and commended the dedication and passion shown by volunteers and staff who help process container returns and refunds.
“Vinnies’ commitment to environmental sustainability is evidenced by our long-term practice of recycling and repurposing via our retail outlets, and participation in the Return and Earn container deposit scheme is an extension of this,” he said.
Vinnies NSW identified the container deposit scheme as a way to complement the role of its shops in raising much-needed funds to support the Society’s work, and as an opportunity to help other community groups raise funds and contribute to a cleaner environment by collecting and processing containers at Vinnies Bulk Container Deposit Centres. A number of schools and sporting organisations are already taking advantage of the opportunity to collect containers in bulk quantities and have them processed quickly and easily at a Vinnies facility.