“Bill and the Team at Axis Worx in Horsham should be proud and celebrated for embracing the opportunity that Victoria’s container deposit scheme, CDS Vic has provided.”

It’s clear that the community rallying behind this valued social enterprise that provides disability services is going to deliver fantastic longevity locally. Five million containers is a fantastic milestone! Congratulations from all of us at TOMRA Cleanaway!”

James Dorney, CEO TOMRA Cleanaway.

 

Millions of reasons to celebrate with Horsham’s CDS Vic Depot

AXIS Worx in Horsham will process its five millionth container this week through Victoria’s container deposit scheme, CDS Vic.

The scheme has kept a multitude of plastic out of landfill, contributed to the ongoing employment of people with disabilities, and has put $500,000 back into the local economy.

AXIS Worx director of social enterprise Bill Schmidt said CDS Vic’s 10-cent refund scheme for every eligible bottle, can or carton, had been operating for about eight months.

CDS commenced on 1 November 2023 and the Horsham Depot for CDS Vic is close to processing five million containers! In the first week of operation, one million containers were processed highlighting the incredible support in the Horsham community.

James Dorney, CEO of TOMRA Cleanaway, operator of the CDS Vic West Zone that includes the Horsham Rural City Council applauded the fantastic milestone,

“Bill and the Team at Axis Worx in Horsham should be proud and celebrated for embracing the opportunity that Victoria’s container deposit scheme, CDS Vic has provided.”

It’s clear that the community rallying behind this valued social enterprise that provides disability services is going to deliver fantastic longevity locally. Five million containers is a fantastic milestone! Congratulations from all of us at TOMRA Cleanaway!” James Dorney, CEO TOMRA Cleanaway.

“To reach five million in eight months means we’re well supported by our community, which is great,” Mr Schmidt said.

“As an organisation, we’re really proud of the fact we’re able to put money back into the local economy while both providing work for people with disabilities, and using funding from the scheme to support our organisation.”

Support a social enterprise through recycling you drink containers

AXIS Worx has the only bulk container processing depot in the Wimmera region for CDS Vic. It is undercover, heated, and has the capacity to accept large volumes of containers at a time.

“By bringing your containers here, you are contributing to ongoing employment for people with disabilities. We have trained 16 of our 39 supported employees to work in the container deposit facility, which is growing with the increased amount of deposits we’re getting,” Mr Schmidt said.

People who bring containers to the facility have a choice in taking their refund themselves via the CDS Vic West app, or they can donate the refund to a local group.

“If people have the app, we just scan you in on arrival and everything is linked – charity groups just need to register to be able to receive donations,” Mr Schmidt said.

AXIS Works is also one of many charities listed as a beneficiary – it is aiming to raise $4000 to replace the shade sail in the employee’s area.

AXIS Worx’s 15-acre site on Golf Course Road, Horsham, was originally known as The Wool Factory, where 2000 sheep were housed and used to grow wool to generate money.

AXIS Worx is open for container processing Tuesdays to Fridays, 9am until 3pm, and Saturdays, 8am until 4pm.

Axis Worx employees Maree Crouch, Jess Sorrell, Wes Howard, Tyler Hornby, Jason Perkins and Andrew Manwaring recycling cans and bottles.  Photo credit – The Weekly Advertiser

This article first appeared in The Weekly Advertiser