Charity Return Point Operators
Millions Generated Every Year For Local Communities Through Operator Handling Fees
Every year, social enterprises and charitable organisations like Vinnies NSW, Valmar Industries, Resource Recovery Australia, Bourke Laundry Service and many more are generating significant income by operating return points and receiving a handling fee for every container collected through a partnership with TOMRA Cleanaway.
With millions of containers collected and processed by these return points every week, a wide range of new employment opportunities and a significant revenue stream is created for our partner organisations providing valuable funds that can be invested back into welfare programs or social enterprises.
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The Vinnies NSW container return points are a major success. Across seven sites in metropolitan and regional NSW, Vinnies is processing more than a million containers per week and has processed more than 200 million containers to date. The new revenue stream has been directed into the organisation’s work supporting vulnerable community members.
The Vinnies CDS operation in partnership with TOMRA Cleanaway has been a tremendous success in NSW and has generated significant surplus funds that are directed back into social and welfare programs to assist people experiencing poverty and disadvantage. ~ Jack de Groot, CEO, St Vincent de Paul Society of NSW
Valmar Industries is a disability support service charity, based in the Snowy Valley. They established an over-the-counter return point as soon as the scheme was launched, further expanding their business services arm, including a community recycling centre. This operation quickly developed into an automated depot and a bulk container processing centre, in partnership with the local government.
TOMRA Cleanaway has enabled us to provide viable ‘Green Jobs’ for people with disabilities and their support staff and has allowed us to raise the profile of our organisation locally. ~ Hugh Packard, CEO Valmar Industries
Resource Recovery Australia
Resource Recovery Australia (RRA) is a not-for-profit social enterprise founded in Tuncurry, focusing on empowering people experiencing barriers to employment while keeping waste out of landfill. RRA initially opened two over-the-counter return points in December 2017. The volumes of returned containers grew so rapidly that the organisation soon needed to up-scale operations and partnered with the Mid-Coast Council to operate an automated depot and bulk processing facility.
Being part of ‘Return and Earn’ delivered tremendous benefits for Resource Recovery Australia. In particular, the planning, coordination and technical support provided by TOMRA Cleanaway significantly de-risks our participation in the scheme, while delivering a valuable and popular new source of fundraising and community outreach. ~ Matt Curtis, General Manager of RRA
Bourke Laundry Service’s core tenent is creating a purpose for community members with disabilities in remote far-western NSW. Partnering with TOMRA Cleanaway to host an over-the-counter return point has provided broader opportunities for staff to engage with the local community, build jobs, develop a sense of pride and inclusion, as well as generate income to support the operation’s traditional activities.
Being in a remote area, we’ve been very badly affected by long periods of drought, so we’d been looking for something that could support our work and make us more viable as a business. The option to host a Return and Earn collection point came up in Bourke and we were asked if we would be interested and jumped at the opportunity. ~ Lisa Crothers, Director Bourke Laundry Service
Other ways charities and NFP organisations are benefiting from the scheme
CHARITY RETURN POINT OPERATORS
See how charity operators generate a significant revenue stream that gets invested back into social enterprises, creating new employment opportunities or funding vital community programs
MAJOR RECYCLING APPEAL PARTNERSHIPS
Major recycling appeals have raised close to $1 million for large charities. Find out how these appeals benefit state-wide charities, help drive community impact, and give people a direct and tangible way to help.
ON-SCREEN DONATION PARTNERS
Over 650 small and large charities, schools and community groups have become an on-screen donation partner raising over $2 Million from drink container refunds since scheme commencement.
APP DONATION PARTNERS
An unlimited number of charities and not-for-profits can benefit from fundraising through the app, receiving donations from ANY Reverse Vending Machines across NSW. With no upfront costs, no ongoing overhead, this digital fundraising tool gives access to hundreds of thousands potential donors
COMMUNITY FUNDRAISING 'BOTTLE & CAN DRIVE'
Find out how community groups proactively engage their volunteers and supporters to collect millions of drink containers, returning them to their local Reverse Vending Machines or Collection Point to access cash refunds.
Vinnies’ NSW journey to a new enterprise, operating container collection points across NSW.
In December 2017, St Vincent de Paul Society NSW partnered with TOMRA Cleanaway as a return point operator for the NSW government’s Container Deposit Scheme ‘Return and Earn’.
Their initial commitment was to provide community access to Return and Earn via return points hosted in their existing retail store outlets. This subsequently evolved over time and ever-increasing volumes of containers, to include 7 Automated Depot bulk container collection points across metropolitan and regional NSW.
The Vinnies NSW CDS operation has been one of the most successful new ventures for the organisation, generating significant revenue that is directed back into Vinnies traditional social and welfare programs to assist people experiencing poverty and disadvantage.
Across their Return and Earn sites Vinnies are now processing in excess of 1.5 Million containers per week and have processed over 200 Million containers to date.
With an expansive number of sites across NSW, Vinnies have formed a new commercial operating arm, which has required new and specialised employees to be engaged to directly operate Vinnies facilities to deliver container collection and processing for Return and Earn.
In forming multiple partnerships across the state, involvement with TOMRA Cleanaway has also enabled the development of a joint venture automated depot with an Aboriginal owned and operated organisation in far western NSW– Regional Enterprise Development Institute (REDI.E). The location that is operated as a JV between Vinnies and REDI.E is based at Dubbo and provides citizens from the far west of NSW with an opportunity to deliver bulk volumes of containers to the site for redemption.
Key facts about Vinnies operational involvement:
- Operating 7 x large scale automated depots, warehouse sites across metropolitan and regional NSW (Cardiff, Dubbo, Penrith, South Nowra, Tweed Heads, Unanderra and Wagga Wagga)
- Generating hundreds of thousands of dollars in handling fees and refunds donated that are going back to social and welfare programs to assist vulnerable community members.
- Serviced by dedicated staff and operating 6 days a week: Monday – Saturday, 8.30am – 3.30pm
- Bulk sorting and counting technology provided on throughput lease, minimising upfront capital investment.
- Every container processed generates a handling fee, Vinnies is also able to promote refund donations
- Established close partnerships with local businesses, schools and community groups
- No volume limit, no pre-sorting required, clean, undercover processing area, drive-in access
“The Vinnies CDS operation in partnership with TOMRA Cleanaway has been a tremendous success in NSW and has generated significant surplus funds that are directed back into social and welfare programs to assist people experiencing poverty and disadvantage.” – Jack de Groot, CEO, St Vincent de Paul Society of NSW
Valmar Industries, creating a revolution in the Snowy Valley
Valmar Industries is a disability support service associated with the recycling revolution in the Riverina – Snowy Valley of NSW. Traditionally Valmar has provided in-home support for people with disabilities, but as waste and recycling innovation has occurred, Valmar has been able to leverage the opportunity to open a business services arm that includes recycling facilities such as a Community Recycling Centre and an op-shop.
The organisation identified that the commencement of the container deposit scheme in December 2017 was an opportunity to further expand its business services arm, an over-the-counter return point was established. This operation grew quickly in popularity and 2018 saw a transition to an automated depot and a bulk container processing centre for the region.
Key facts about Valmar Industries operational involvement:
- Managing 1 x large scale automated depot in Gilmore, near Tumut in NSW Snowy Valleys Council area
- Operating 5 days a week
- Using the scheme’s bulk sorting and counting technology provided on throughput lease, minimising upfront capital investment
- No volume limit, no pre-sorting required, clean, undercover processing area, drive-in access
- Staff are involved in diverse activities that provide them with meaningful work, assisting customers, sorting containers, and other activities discussed in consultation with their support workers. Around 50 people living with disabilities, who otherwise face barriers to employment, are employed at the Gilmore site.
“TOMRA Cleanaway has enabled us to provide viable ‘Green Jobs’ for people with disabilities and their support staff and has allowed us the opportunity to raise the profile of our organisation locally”. ~ Hugh Packard, CEO Valmar Industries – Automated Depot Operator – Disability Services Provider
RESOURCE RECOVERY AUSTRALIA
An innovative Waste2Wages business model sees Resource Recovery Australis’s keep waste out of landfill to create jobs for people experiencing barriers to employment.
RRA has a focus on empowering people experiencing barriers to employment including creating meaningful employment opportunities and providing ongoing training and development.
Resource Recovery Australia (RRA) is a national, not-for-profit social enterprise, founded in Tuncurry, on the mid-north coast of NSW that has been running for over 30 years, focusing on empowering people experiencing barriers to employment including creating meaningful employment opportunities and providing ongoing training and development.
The Tuncurry centre is an important community asset for locals to engage in recycling and care for the environment, offering a reuse shop, a community recycling centre, communal gardens, a green bikes program, a Men’s shed and much more in partnership with Mid-Coast Council.
When Return and Earn launched, RRA initially opened two over-the-counter return points as a partner of TOMRA Cleanaway. The volumes of containers returned grew so rapidly that soon the organisation needed to scale up operations and open an automated depot.
Funds raised through the automated depot create more employment opportunities for people in these types of situations. 20,000 containers returned daily at the RRA automated deport equates to $2,000 each day going back into the community.
Key facts about RRA operational involvement:
- Managing 1 large Automated Depot in partnership with Mid-Coast Council in regional northern NSW.
- 4 dedicated staff members across operations involved in a variety of activities including cash handling and yellow gear operation in a regional area with low employment opportunities.
- Staff able to obtain white cards and forklift licenses to assist employment activities.
- Complements additional onsite activities as a resource recovery centre for the mid-coast NSW community.
- Considerable community partnerships with local charities and community groups for the collection of donated containers.
“The community is really behind it; we’ve had a fabulous response since the start of the program. Even during Covid-19 restrictions we haven’t seen any reduction in container returns – we were able to implement safety measures and continue providing the service to the community. (…) One of our staff members – a single mother with three kids – came to us as a volunteer through the work for the dole scheme. She is now a valued full-time employee, a team leader, has her forklift licence, a test and tag licence and is a qualified health and safety representative. We are very proud of her and what she has achieved.” ~ Matt Curtis, the General Manager of RRA
BOURKE LAUNDRY SERVICE
Bourke Laundry Service is empowering people living with disabilities
Founded over twenty years ago, Bourke Laundry Service’s goal is to empower people in their community living with disabilities.
Since the beginning of the scheme in December 2017, their Return and Earn collection point has been welcomed with open arms by the people of Bourke Shire and Bourke Laundry Services quickly found themselves in need of additional staff to handle the large influx of drink containers.
In addition to generating funds, Bourke Laundry Service has been able to offer employment to people living with disabilities, creating a virtuous circle of fundraising, job creation, community and environmental benefits.
Generating additional revenue each month is giving the business the chance to offer members of the public living with disabilities employment and providing them with a sense of pride and inclusion
So, in addition to generating funds, Bourke Laundry Service was able to offer employment to people living with disabilities, creating a virtuous circle of fundraising, job creation, community and environmental benefits. The Bourke Laundry Service was able to employ specific staff whose role is to look after the container collection activity. Responsibilities include sorting and counting containers, packing bags and consolidating the containers for collection. This frees up other staff to work in the laundry.
Key facts about Bourke Laundry Service operational involvement:
- Managing 1 x Over-The-Counter Collection Point (OTC) in Bourke
- Operating 5 days a week
- Supplement our existing social enterprise by accepting empty containers
- Earn a handling fee as well as promote refund donations (confirm handling fee)
- Bins and pick up provided, cash float offered
- Simple sorting procedure, automated reporting
“Being in a remote area, we’ve been very badly affected by long periods of drought, so we’d been looking for something that could support our work and make us more viable as a business. The option to host a Return and Earn collection point came up…and we jumped at the chance.” ~ Lisa Crothers, Executive Officer, Bourke Laundry Service