Return and Earn – It’s feel good recycling!

Hundreds of Australian individuals, families, schools, community groups and businesses have embraced Return and Earn and Vinnies is proud to offer multiple locations across the state.

You can collect the refund from your eligible containers and keep this yourself, or you can donate some of your refund amount to Vinnies.

What is Return and Earn?

Return and Earn is a scheme whereby you collect eligible drink containers, take them to one of our Vinnies depots, and receive a cash refund for your recycling efforts.

Recycle your drink containers and help our Earth

Most drink bottles and cans are eligible for a refund. Cans (e.g. soft drink), bottles, cartons & juice boxes or poppers. Most containers between 150ml and 3 litres are accepted. However they must still be in good condition, be empty and have the label attached. If you're not sure, look for the 10c label on the container to see if it is eligible, or check at our Depots.

Collecting your eligible containers and taking them to one of our depots is achieving huge environmental wins!

Over the next 20 years it is expected that there will be:

  • 1.6 billion fewer containers littered 
  • Almost 11 billion fewer containers ending up in landfill
  • 12.6 billion more beverage containers being recycled

Partner your business or school with us for Return & Earn

Partnering with us is easy and offers your business a strong, well-recognised and loved charity to be supported with. Additionally, this service is provided at no cost to your school, community group or business.

Many organisations have partnered with us given the cost benefit - your garbage disposal costs are greatly reduced as recyclable drink containers are removed from waste stream. Our current partners enjoy and promote their partnership via their corporate sustainability program and by reducing their landfill footprint.

We provide a tax invoice at EOFY for your total donation value. It’s win win!

To discuss how you can partner with one of our Return and Earn centres, contact us on:

Depot Contacts: 

Cardiff: 0456 963 725
Dubbo: 0490 863 133
Penrith: 02 4721 4948 
Nowra: 0490 208 808
Tamworth: 0490 909 231
Tweed Heads: 07 5536 8375
Wollongong: 0497 080 882
Wagga Wagga: 02 6921 2224

CDS Management: 

Carl Xuereb
Phone: 0427 952 730


Donate part of your cash refund to Vinnies and help rebuild lives

When it comes to financial donations, every little bit really does count and it is only thanks to your generosity that we are able to help the thousands of Australians we do every year. So, if you are able to donate some, or all of your refund back to Vinnies, we want you to know that you are doing something truly special, and that your recycling donation helps Vinnies rebuild lives every day.

Vinnies Return & Earn depot locations

Come and visit your local Vinnies Return and Earn depot!

Our depots employ friendly local faces but are also automated, resulting in a speedy and efficient service when you visit us.


Vinnies Return and Earn Depots

Vinnies Return and Earn Tamworth opens Monday 24 January 2023.

(All locations are currently OPEN except Oak Flats).



Opening Hours


Unit 1 12 Belford Pl, Cardiff NSW 2285

Monday - Saturday, 8.30am - 3.30pm


25 Douglas Mawson Rd, Dubbo NSW 2830

Monday - Saturday, 8.30am - 3.30pm


Unit 3 137 Coreen Ave, Penrith NSW 2750

Monday  - Saturday, 8.30am - 3.30pm


Unit 11 158 Princes Hwy, South Nowra NSW 2541

Monday - Saturday, 8.00am - 3pm


4 Macintosh St, Taminda NSW 2340

Monday - Saturday, 8.00am - 3.30pm

Tweed Heads

57 Ourimbah Rd, Tweed Heads 2485

Monday – Saturday 8.30am – 3.30pm


10-12 Investigator Dr, Unanderra NSW 2526

Monday - Saturday, 8.30am - 3.30pm

Wagga Wagga

90-92 Hammond Ave, East Wagga Wagga NSW 2650

Monday - Saturday 8.30am - 3.30pm

*All sites closed on public holidays.