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Vinnies Celebrates 10 Millionth Container Collection at Return and Earn Return Points


Stuart Ayres MP Member for Penrith today joined representatives from St Vincent de Paul Society NSW and Tomra Cleanaway to celebrate a Return and Earn milestone with 10 million containers collected across the charity’s numerous return points.

Stuart Ayres congratulated Vinnies on this milestone at the newly opened Penrith automated depot site, which is one of four automated depots and 15 over the counter return point sites operated by Vinnies as part of the NSW container deposit scheme.

“Vinnies is a great example of the success of Return and Earn, with 19 return points operating across NSW to facilitate 10 cent refunds for customers and to help support the important work that the charity does in our communities,” Stuart Ayres said.

“From opening their first return points in December 2017 through a number of Vinnies shops across Western Sydney, the Illawarra, Southern Highlands and Shoalhaven, to now having four bulk deposit sites and processing their 10 millionth container is a phenomenal effort and a testament to how popular Return and Earn is in NSW.

“Since the scheme began on 1 December 2017, more than 944 million containers have been returned to return points across NSW and Return and Earn container litter volume has dropped by one third in NSW.

“These are brilliant results and I congratulate Vinnies on their 10 millionth milestone and the NSW community for embracing the state’s largest litter reduction initiative and helping to keep our communities litter free.”

Vinnies Executive Director for Central Councils and Commercial Operations, Peter Knock, explained that the St Vincent de Paul Society’s participation in the Return and Earn program expanded on the Society’s ethos.

“Our participation in the container deposit scheme is intrinsically linked to the Society’s ongoing commitment to recycling, and is an extension of our retail store philosophy of reuse – helping to divert waste from landfill and supporting those in need at the same time,” Mr Knock said.

“To reach the 10,000,000 container milestone within a year of our participation in the scheme through over-the-counter and bulk sites is really promising, and we hope that the community will continue to embrace our bulk deposit centres as convenient options for processing their eligible containers.

“By simply using the facilities, customers are helping to raise important funds so that Vinnies can keep providing a hand up to those experiencing disadvantage and homelessness in our communities, and we’re encouraged by the growing number of refund donations that further enhance our ability to provide help where it’s needed most.”

A list of Vinnies return points is over the page. A full list of more than 685 return points across NSW and more information about Return and Earn is available at 

Vinnies return point locations:


Return point type


Vinnies Penrith

Automated depot

Unit 3, 137 Coreen Avenue, Penrith

Vinnies South Nowra

Automated depot

Unit 11, 158 Princes Highway, South Nowra

Vinnies Unanderra

Automated depot

10-12 Investigator Drive, Unanderra

Vinnies Cardiff

Automated depot

Unit 1, 12 Belford Place, Cardiff

Vinnies Blacktown

Over the counter

4/14 St Martins Crescent, Blacktown

Vinnies Campbelltown

Over the counter

13 Warby St, Campbelltown

Vinnies Fairy Meadow

Over the counter

138 Princes Highway, Fairy Meadow

Vinnies Jamisontown

Over the counter

2/120 Batt St, Jamisontown

Vinnies Kingswood

Over the counter

74 Cox Avenue, Kingswood

Vinnies Macquarie Fields

Over the counter

61 Saywell Rd, Macquarie Fields

Vinnies Mittagong

Over the counter

22 Bowral Rd, Mittagong

Vinnies Moss Vale

Over the counter

502 Argyle St, Moss Vale

Vinnies Mt Druitt

Over the counter

11B Zoe Place, Mt Druitt

Vinnies North Parramatta

Over the counter

583 Church St, North Parramatta

Vinnies Oak Flats

Over the counter

41 Central Avenue, Oak Flats

Vinnies Picton

Over the counter

13 Colden St, Picton

Vinnies Shoalhaven Heads

Over the counter

128 Shoalhaven Heads Rd, Shoalhaven Heads

Vinnies Warrawong

Over the counter

250 Cowper St, Warrawong

Vinnies North Wollongong

Over the counter

110 Montague St, North Wollongong



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