From left to right: Matthew Peake, Executive Officer, Recycling Victoria; James Dorney, TOMRA Cleanaway CEO; Claire Halsey, Cleanaway GM Container Deposit Schemes; Tony Circelli, Head Recycling Victoria; The Hon Ingrid Stitt, Victorian Minister for Environment; George Azzam, TOMRA Collections Australia – Director Network Growth ANZ; Ben Murphy, TOMRA Cleanaway Project Manager; City of Monash Mayor Cr Tina Samardzija; Tyson Charter, TOMRA Collections Australia Supply Chain Manger; and Tony Catania, TOMRA Cleanaway GM Victoria.

“TOMRA Cleanaway’s ‘West Zone’ for CDS Vic builds on the community’s existing exceptional environmental commitments. We have tasked ourselves with providing meaningful and skilled circular economy jobs across the ‘West Zone’ of CDS Vic that fulfil a diverse range of tasks and ultimately achieve positive social, environmental and economic benefits to all.”

James Dorney | CEO, TOMRA Cleanaway

More than 600 new jobs will be created through Victoria’s Container Deposit Scheme (CDS Vic), which will reduce the state’s litter by up to half when it begins later this year.

Minister for Environment Ingrid Stitt visited TOMRA Cleanaway’s Clayton depot on Sunday to see the 80 reverse vending machines already being rolled out across Victoria before the scheme began on 1 November this year.

CDS Vic will allow people to return their eligible used drink cans, bottles and cartons <insert link> for a 10-cent refund, with refund points planned across regional Victoria and metropolitan Melbourne.

“From the beginning of November, the Container Deposit Scheme will put money in the pockets of Victorians while also helping to clean up the state and deliver far-reaching environmental benefits.” Minister for Environment, Ingrid Stitt.

VicReturn is the Scheme Coordinator, while zone operators such as TOMRA Cleanaway will establish and oversee the refund points and refunds to customers and ensure proper recycling of the containers.

TOMRA Cleanaway will deliver an estimated 200 new jobs across the west zone alone – the roles created will include sales staff, technicians, collections drivers, refund point operator staff, and recycling sorting facility operators.

There will be four ways people can return their eligible containers: Reverse vending machines, depots, over-the-counter sites, and pop-up refund points.

Within the scheme’s first year, the Zone Operators will be required to have a minimum of one collection point per 14,500 people in metropolitan areas, at least one pet town of 750 people in regional areas, and at least one per town of 350 people in remote areas.

This article first appeared in CDS Vic To Create More Than 600 Jobs Across The State | Premier of Victoria