Illawarra Newsroom

Unanderra Return and Earn facility fuelling Vinnies services


The Vinnies Return and Earn Bulk Container Deposit Centre in Unanderra has been busy this week as people clear the decks ahead of Christmas and New Year celebrations.

The facility has been receiving between 90,000 and 100,000 containers a day.

Mitch Saddler from the St Vincent de Paul Society said the handling fee they receive for operating the facility goes towards a number of important services across the Illawarra.

"We put that money towards our local initiatives with homeless shelters, domestic violence, mental health, all the things that are affecting areas around Wollongong.

"It definitely goes to some really positive things and has obvious environmental impacts as well, so it's a bit of a win win for everyone.


Saddler said the Illawarra Homeless Coordination Service and the Vinnies Van are two very important programs that benefit from the proceeds generated by the Unanderra facility.

"They're services we've run for quite a while.

"It's just about providing a hand up for people in need in the area, whether that's a roof over their head for the night or it's food.

"We just do our best so people don't struggle.

"It's unfortunate this time of year that we do get a lot of domestic violence and with COVID that's definitely increased.

The workers at the Unanderra Bulk Container Deposit Centre will be taking a break from midday tomorrow but they'd love your bottles and cans when they reopen next Wednesday.

The Unanderra Return & Earn is open until midday tomorrow (Christmas Eve) before closing over Christmas.

It will reopen from Wednesday the 29th to the 31st of December before shutting down for New Year's.

Normal operations will resume January 4.

Outside of the holiday break, Unanderra Return & Earn is open from 8:30am to 3:30pm every day except Sundays and public holidays.

Images: Return and Earn and Google Maps