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.

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.

Helping our Earth

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

Looking to partner 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 Vinnies Return and Earn please contact:

Jon DAstoli, Container Deposit Scheme Manager

Phone: (02) 0427 952 730



Come and visit your local Vinnies Return and Earn depot!

We are Covid Safe and all Vinnies bulk collection sites remain open for business. A range of risk control measures including social distancing and disinfection at each site are in place at each site to help keep everyone safe.

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


Bulk Container Deposit Sites
Site Address Opening Hours
Cardiff Unit 1 12 Belford Pl, Cardiff NSW 2285 Monday - Saturday, 8.30am - 3.30pm
Dubbo 25 Douglas Mawson Rd, Dubbo NSW 2830 Monday - Saturday*, 8.30am - 3.30pm
Penrith Unit 3 137 Coreen Ave, Penrith NSW 2750 Monday  - Saturday, 8.30am - 3.30pm
South Nowra Unit 11 158 Princes Hwy, South Nowra NSW 2541 Monday - Saturday, 8.00am - 3pm
Unanderra 10-12 Investigaor 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. Dubbo site temporarily closed on Wednesdays

TEMPORARY CLOSURE: Due to the Greater Sydney lockdown, Penrith and Unanderra are temporarily closed.

All other sites remain open with COVID Safe plans including QR registrations, social distancing, sanitisation stations, disinfection of common touch points and compulsory wearing of face masks.


Additionally, we have over the counter collection at our Oak Flats Vinnies Shop, accessible via the car park. Come on down to see our friendly volunteers, take a ticket and your containers will be counted for cash to be redeemed at the Vinnies Shop sales counter. This Shop is temporarily closed due to the Greater Sydney lockdown.