The Society has undertaken a range of entrepreneurial activities focusing on improving our financial sustainability and ensuring we can continue our services supporting people experiencing poverty and disadvantage. These commercial operations generated just under $100 million in revenue in 2019/20.
Our most notable activities are our 227 Vinnies Shops across the state, the Container Deposit Scheme, our Export and Recycling businesses, and a diverse fundraising portfolio.
The vast quantities of donated goods that are sold through Vinnies Shops would have found their way to landfill if we had not offered a way for them to be recycled for a second life through our retail network.
In addition, millions of deposit-paid beverage containers are also being diverted from the waste stream through the voluntary efforts of consumers who are diverting their refund money to charities, including the Society.