“We are thrilled at the enthusiasm that residents across the West Zone have shown for Victoria’s container deposit scheme, CDS Vic,” James Dorney, CEO TOMRA Cleanaway CDS Vic West Zone Operator.

City of Ballarat receives 10th CDS Vic Refund Point!

Residents in the City of Ballarat will soon have a new site to recycle their containers.

A Container Deposit Scheme reverse vending machine has been installed at Delacombe Town Centre, near Dan Murphy’s, and will begin operation on May 27.

The bright blue and orange reverse vending machine appeared at Delacombe Town Centre recently, alerting residents of the West of Ballarat that their newest and most convenient way to recycle suitable eligible drink containers had arrived!


New reverse vending machine at Delacombe Town Centre, Ballarat.

The new Delacombe Town Centre CDS Vic refund point, will be the 10th location across Ballarat for residents to return their recyclable containers for a 10c refund.

Since the CDS began on November 1, 2023, Ballarat residents have recycled an incredible than 18.5 million drink containers through the city’s two depots, operated by McCallum Disability Services, and seven reverse vending machines across the city.

Meaning around $1.85 million has been returned to residents, community groups and causes across the city to keep delivering essential works for Ballarat.

The reverse vending machine sites are emptied three times a day and the fill level is displayed in the CDS Vic West app.

“We are thrilled at the enthusiasm that residents across the West Zone have shown for Victoria’s container deposit scheme, CDS Vic,” said James Dorney, CEO of TOMRA Cleanaway who run the Container Deposit Scheme in western Victoria.

“Citizens in the Delacombe area will soon be able to access a brand new CDS Vic reverse vending machine. Conveniently located at the Delacombe Town Centre … the new reverse vending machine means there will be 10 CDS Vic refund collection points in the City of Ballarat area for the community to use for drink container refunds.”

6 Months of CDS Vic

To date, the CDS Vic West Zone operated by TOMRA Cleanaway has collected more than 217 million containers, putting more than $20 million back into the pockets of Victorians.

TOMRA Cleanaway  has rolled out 170 refund points across the CDS Vic West Zone which includes west Melbourne and western Victoria, with 180 refund points planned to be installed by August 2024 when the scheme is fully rolled out.

All containers returned through a return point operated by TOMRA Cleanaway pass through technology for audit and verification purposes, achieving clean, source separated commodities that support Victoria’s transition to a circular economy.

For West Zone residents wanting to make their change with CDS Vic, we encourage you to download the CDS Vic West Zone app to find your nearest refund point, view live machine availability, receive your refunds digitally and to check container eligibility with our in-app scanner! Find out more and download now.

This article originally appeared in The Ballarat Courier.