One million in record time, and counting!

Vinnies’ Wagga bulk container deposit centre celebrates first milestone


Less than eight weeks after opening its doors as a new Return and Earn option in the Riverina, the Vinnies bulk container deposit centre in East Wagga Wagga has processed more than one million containers – becoming the fastest of Vinnies’ five automated sites to do so.

Along with residents and community fundraisers taking advantage of 10 cent refunds that are paid on the spot via reverse EFT, partnerships with local organisations and businesses that have committed to donating containers for processing at the centre have contributed significantly to the volume of containers processed.

Container donations allow Vinnies to receive both the handling fee and the 10 cent refund from scheme operators Tomra Cleanaway, with the additional revenue enabling Vinnies to continue to provide a host of local services in support of those experiencing disadvantage.

Vinnies Wollongong Central Council Executive Officer, Peter Quarmby, said he’d been quietly confident that the facility would be embraced by the Riverina community.

“With the convenience of drive-through access, automated sorting and counting of eligible containers at up to 100 per minute, and on-the-spot 10 cent refunds that see your money in your account before you leave the facility, our bulk container deposit centres across the state have proven very popular,” he said.

“While the buzz in the region in the lead up to opening on 8 April was a good indication of how successful the facility would be, we’re ecstatic that it has reached the one million container milestone in record time across our network – a testament to the demand for convenient automated options to Return and Earn in regional areas, particularly the state’s south.”

Vinnies currently boasts 20 return points operating across NSW to facilitate 10 cent refunds for Return and Earn customers, and is looking to expand its involvement in the scheme through the operation of additional bulk deposit centres across the state – enhancing the organisation’s contribution towards positive environmental outcomes while providing an additional revenue stream to allow Vinnies to fulfil its mission.

For more information on the Vinnies Bulk Container Deposit Scheme, including potential partnerships to support local community services, visit or