Vinnies Return & Earn Partnership


The Vinnies Return and Earn Program is a system-wide initiative for CEDoW that continues our commitment to proactively and strategically engage with the challenges from Pope Francis’s environmental encyclical Laudato Si’ – On Care For Our Common Home.

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Participation in the program enables our school communities to respond to the “cry of the earth and the cry of the poor” – an initiative that is both good for our planet and also good for people in our community who need our help.

Through the partnership agreement with St Vincent de Paul, CEDoW engages in the NSW Government’s Return and Earn Container Deposit Scheme in a significant way, giving the opportunity for Vinnies to generate new income streams whilst providing education for our schools in recycling and waste management, and an alternative to traditional in-school fundraising. 

This Return and Earn Program partnership enables our school communities to expand their commitment to environmental sustainability by collecting and recycling eligible containers – Vinnies providing for the delivery of bins, pickups on a regular basis and regular reporting of social and environmental outcomes.

This in turn assists in Vinnies' delivery of social justice programmes, with all funds raised going directly to helping Vinnies run their local accommodation and support services, such as counselling and case management for vulnerable and disadvantaged people.

Congratulations to the following 12 schools who collected the most containers for 2019.

1. St Joseph's Albion Park - 10 465 containers recycled 

2. Holy Spirit College Bellambi - 6211 containers recycled 

3. St Francis College Edmondson Park - 5858 containers recycled 

4. St Columbkille's Corrimal - 4050 containers recycled 

5. Holy Family Ingleburn - 3991 containers recycled 

6. St Brigid's Gwynneville - 3178 containers recycled 

7. St Joseph's Bulli - 2416 containers recycled 

8. St Paul's Camden - 2337 containers recycled 

9. St Paul's Albion Park - 2285 containers recycled 

10. St Clare's Narellan Vale - 2181 containers recycled 

11. St John's Campbelltown - 2127 containers recycled 

12. St Francis of Assisi Warrawong - 1362 containers recycled 

Read more about our Vinnies Return and Earn Program partnership and by watching the video below.

CONTACT FOR Cedow's vinnies return & Earn partnership

BETH RIOLO 
Education Officer - Special Projects
Strategic Planning & Policy
Office of the Director 
E: beth.riolo@dow.catholic.edu.au
P: (02) 4253 0988
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For more information on how the Vinnies Return & Earn Partnership operates at your school, contact your school's WEN Contact.