Vinnies launches second bulk container sorting facility to support Society’s ‘good works’


Vinnies NSW is excited to announce the launch of a new Bulk Container Deposit Centre as part of the state’s container deposit scheme – the second of its kind to be operated by Vinnies in NSW.

With the capacity to process approximately 100,000 containers per day, the new bulk processing facility located in Unanderra complements existing over-the-counter sites and reverse vending machines with an efficient way to process large volumes of eligible containers.

The facility is open from 8am to 3.30pm Monday to Saturday, with both the general public and businesses able to take advantage of fast processing and convenient drive-through access.

Container deposit refunds can be received on-the-spot via reverse Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT), or users of the facility 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 Officer Central Councils and Commercial Operations, Peter Knock, said the new facility, along with a similar initiative in South Nowra, expands on the Society’s ethos.

“Our participation in the container deposit scheme is intrinsically linked to the Society’s ongoing commitment to recycling, and 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.

“The operation of the Vinnies Unanderra Bulk Container Deposit Centre will help to raise important funds to assist Vinnies in providing a helping hand to those Australians experiencing disadvantage and homelessness in our communities.”

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

Volunteers are also sought to assist with the operation of the facility, with successful applicants receiving in-house training specific to the role. Interested persons are encouraged to contact Ben Edwards on 0487 555 081.

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