TOMRA Cleanaway, ‘West Zone’ Network Operator for the Victorian Government’s Container Deposit Scheme ‘CDS Vic’, has installed a Reverse Vending Machine refund point in Altona Meadows.

“We’re very excited to have landed a CDS Vic refund location in Altona Meadows, where locals will be able to conveniently drop off their eligible drink containers for recycling,” TOMRA Cleanaway CEO, James Dorney, said.

“Our machines are quick, convenient, and automated, and able to be seamlessly integrated into retail and community locations.”

Located at Central Square Shopping Centre, locals will be able to collect and recycle eligible bottles, cartons and cans and receive 10 cents per item in return when the scheme starts on 1 November 2023.

TOMRA’s world-leading Reverse Vending Machine technology will scan and verify each container as it’s deposited and then provide options to the user to either receive the amount through a retail cash voucher, via digital transfer direct to a bank account, or for the amount to be sent as a donation to a nominated charity or community group.

“This is one of a number of machines to be rolled out in this area and across the state over the coming months, and we’re looking for more community partners to host registered refund points – including shopping centres, retail outlets, clubs, parks, sporting grounds, and community centres.”

Refund point types include outdoor Reverse Vending Machines, smaller format standalone Reverse Vending Machines suitable for supermarkets and retail shops or clubs, Over-the-counter refund points and bulk container refund points called Automated Depots.

Victorian Minister for Environment Ingrid Stitt MP, said, “Victoria’s container deposit scheme will be the most accessible and convenient in the country, making it easier than ever to recycle here in Hobsons Bay and across our state.”

“CDS Vic will maximise the number of cans, bottles and cartons bring recycled into new products, while reducing the amount of litter in Victoria by up to half.”

The Victorian Government has appointed TOMRA Cleanaway to deliver CDS Vic in 28 Local Government Areas across the west of Victoria and western suburbs of Melbourne, with almost 180 refund points to be established once the rollout has been fully completed. It’s estimated half a billion eligible drink containers are disposed of annually across this region alone.

“We’re very excited to be part of Victoria’s new Container Deposit Scheme and look forward to partnering with local businesses, charities and community groups across the State,” Mr. Dorney said.

To register your interest in partnering with TOMRA Cleanaway in the Victoria Container Deposit Scheme CDS Vic, please email and indicate that the enquiry concerns CDS VIC collection point partnership opportunities.

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