New Return and Earn centre in Dubbo supports Vinnies and local Indigenous community

Dubbo residents are now able to recycle up to 100,000 drink cans, bottles and cartons per day through a new container deposit centre, opened yesterday by the St Vincent de Paul Society and Regional Enterprise Development Institute Ltd (REDI.E).

The facility is the sixth bulk container deposit centre operated by Vinnies across the state and part of the NSW Government’s Return and Earn scheme. In its first day of operation on Monday, the centre processed more than 25,000 drink containers.

“We’re inviting locals to bring their eligible drink cans, glass/plastic bottles and cartons, and try out our automated deposit centre for themselves,” said Peter Quarmby, who leads the Container Deposit Scheme initiative at Vinnies.

“It’s incredibly easy – you can have hundreds of containers processed within minutes and receive your 10-cent refund per container in your account before you leave the site.”

Located at 25 Douglas Mawson Road, the new facility operates from 8.30am to 3.30pm Monday to Saturday, and has the capacity to process around 100,000 containers per day. With sorting and counting entirely automated, the service presents an efficient way to return any volume of eligible containers, helping residents, schools, community organisations and businesses alike to take advantage of the refund scheme.

Since joining Return and Earn in December 2017, Vinnies has processed almost 45 million containers across automated depots and over-the-counter sites, helping divert more than 160,000 cubic metres of recyclable waste from potential landfill – around 1,800 semi-trailer loads!

Residents of Dubbo and the wider Orana region have been actively recycling their eligible containers through existing reverse vending machines. Vinnies’ Peter Quarmby says the new recycling centre will add benefits for the community as well as the environment.

“For every drink container processed through our bulk deposit centres, Vinnies receives a small handling fee from the Government. This money goes right back into our community services, helping tens of thousands of people facing poverty, homelessness and hardship across NSW.”

The new business enterprise also supports the local community through not-for-profit Indigenous-owned organisation, REDI.E.

“Vinnies is proud to be partnering with REDI.E to run this container deposit centre on Wiradjuri land. This is part of our commitment to work with Aboriginal partners and providers through our Reconciliation Action Plan,” Mr Quarmby said.

REDI.E CEO Tracey Shillingsworth believes the new initiative will be a win-win for the local economy and Indigenous community.

“We know our communities are familiar with Vinnies and the incredible work they do. This joint venture represents our vision to be at the forefront of innovation and collaboration with other local organisations,” Ms Shillingsworth said.

“We are proud to be part of this initiative, which is an important step towards reducing litter, protecting our environment and building sustainable futures for our people.”

For more information on the Vinnies Bulk Container Deposit Scheme, visit vinnies.org.au/cds or fb.com/vinniesnswcds