Return and Earn-ers in the Western Region are now able to claim their refund at a third local return point, with a new automated depot
open in Dubbo.
The bulk container deposit centre is located at 25 Douglas Mawson Road and is operated by the St Vincent de Paul Society NSW
(Vinnies) in collaboration with Regional Enterprise Development Institute Ltd (REDI.E), and in partnership with TOMRA Cleanaway
The depot acts as a community access point for the Container Deposit Scheme, which is the biggest litter reduction scheme that has been introduced in NSW, with a goal of reducing the volume of litter in the state by 40% by 2020.
It offers immediate refunds and fast processing of containers with singulator machines that scan and sort up to 100 containers a minute.
More than 28 million containers have already been returned via the two reverse vending machines at Delroy Park shops and Victoria Park.
REDI.E is very excited to be part of the initiative. CEO Tracey Shillingsworth believes it is 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.”
Return and Earn is NSW’s largest litter reduction initiative and since 1 December 2017 has helped to
- reduce eligible drink container litter volume across the state by more than half
- create more than 500 jobs
- raise more than $440,000 for hundreds of schools, charity, community and sporting groups.
Vinnies NSW Container Deposit Scheme project lead Peter Quarmby said Vinnies is proud to be servicing regional NSW with what will be a sixth bulk container deposit centre (automated depot) operated by the charity.
“The Vinnies/REDI.E collaboration is a clear demonstration of the Vinnies NSW Reconciliation Action Plan commitment to work closely with our Indigenous communities to provide development opportunities through employment and training, and is an extension of the Society’s existing connections to Indigenous communities across the State.”
For more information about Return and Earn, including a return point map, visit:
This initiative is funded/supported by the Australian Government.