TOMRA Cleanaway recently celebrated the opening of one of our new CDS Vic refund points in the Maribyrnong City Council area.

Providing even more convenient access to CDS Vic, Victoria’s container deposit scheme, at the Highpoint Shopping Centre, the reverse vending machine is one of the newest in the west zone network delivered by TOMRA Cleanaway. An asset to the community, Highpoint Shopping Centre is proudly featuring  the technology based refund point to demonstrate support of the Victorian government’s Container Deposit Scheme (CDS Vic).

The new refund point is the sixth installation in the Maribyrnong area.

Since the scheme’s commencement on November 1, 2023, Victorians have been actively collecting and recycling eligible drink bottles, cartons, and cans, returning them to CDS Vic refund points to receive 10 cents per item.

TOMRA Cleanaway chief executive James Dorney said the new refund point will provide locals with a convenient location to drop off their eligible drink containers for recycling.

Environment Minister Steve Dimopoulos said Victorians have returned more than 500 million containers in just six months.

TOMRA Cleanaway operates 174 deposit sites across the CDS Vic west zone and plans to increase the deposit to 180 by August this year.

Users can choose to receive their refund through a retail cash voucher, digital transfer to a bank account, or as a donation to a nominated charity or community group.

CDS Vic offers charities, community groups, schools, and sporting organisations new fundraising opportunities by registering as donation partners.

As of July 27, over 1100 charities and organisations have registered within the west zone, including the Maribyrnong Park Football Club and the Maribyrnong River and Waterways Association.

Maribyrnong residents can download the CDS Vic west zone app to check the live status of their local refund point, verify container eligibility, and manage and track container refunds.

The app also provides a unique opportunity to donate container refunds to numerous charity partners involved in the scheme.


This article first appeared in the Star Weekly.