Turn bottles and cans into helping hands with Vinnies this National Recycling Week

Vinnies NSW is urging people to round up their empty bottles, cartons and cans and take them to their nearest Vinnies container collection point to support the charity’s good works in local communities.

National Recycling Week aims to bring a national focus to the environmental benefits of recycling, and Vinnies is hoping to highlight the social impact too, with the charity’s network of 15 Return and Earn collection points across NSW raising funds to assist people in need.

Since joining Return and Earn in December 2017, Vinnies has processed more than 47 million containers across automated depots and over-the-counter sites, helping divert in excess of 180,500 cubic metres of recyclable waste from potential landfill. The small handling fee Vinnies receives from scheme operators for every container processed, along with refund donations from generous businesses and community members, is helping to generate additional funding for vital Vinnies services addressing disadvantage and homelessness in local communities.

Vinnies NSW CEO, Jack de Groot, said the organisation’s involvement in the container deposit scheme expanded on the Vinnies ethos.

“For almost 100 years our Vinnies Shops have been the public face of the Society’s commitment to reuse and recycling, and participation in the Return and Earn litter reduction program is a natural extension of our core philosophy – diverting re-usable items from landfill and helping those in need at the same time,” he said.

“Vinnies already prevents thousands of tonnes of re-usable clothing, household goods and other materials from going to landfill every year through our network of shops. Our Return and Earn container collection points are enhancing our positive impact on the environment while creating an additional revenue stream, allowing Vinnies to fulfil its mission and continue to provide a helping hand to those experiencing disadvantage and homelessness in our communities,” he added.

Vinnies’ over-the-counter and convenient automated container deposit centres offer on-the-spot 10-cent refunds for eligible containers, and customers can also choose to donate some or all of their refund to support vital Vinnies services in local communities. Tax deductible receipts are issued for donations of more than $2.

To find your nearest Vinnies collection point, and to learn more about how the Vinnies NSW Container Deposit Scheme is helping Return and Earn customers as well as local communities, visit www.vinnies.org.au/cds

National Recycling Week is an initiative of Planet Ark and runs from 11 to 17 November 2019.