CDS Vic Williamstown Depot Live Now!
“Depots, like the one opened today, will be staffed and able to sort and count bulk loads of beverage containers.
This is an exciting time for the community, businesses and industry to come together and make a positive impact.”
The Hon. Melissa Horne MP, Member for Williamstown
Friday 8 December was a day to celebrate, as Victorian Minister for Local Government, and Williamstown MP Melissa Horne officially welcomed the CDS Vic Depot Williamstown to Victoria’s Container Deposit Scheme, CDS Vic.
Launched on 1 November, CDS Vic provides Victorians a 10-cent refund for every eligible drink container returned at a CDS Vic refund point across the state. Refund points include bulk container collection centres called depots, like the one operated by Citizen Blue in Williamstown, state of the art Reverse Vending Machines, and Over-the-Counter refund points.
Grand Opening Success
The CDS Vic Williamstown depot is heralded for delivering an innovative partnership between the west zone network operator, TOMRA Cleanaway and charity Citizen Blue, an environmental not-for-profit that puts fund generated back into grassroots environmental organisations such as Surfrider Foundation, Green Connect, Resource Recovery Australia, Clean Up Australia, Landcare Australia, Total Environment Centre and the Boomerang Alliance.
The opening event for the CDS Vic Williamstown Depot commenced with a Welcome to Country from the local Bunurong Land Council Aboriginal Corporation‘s representatives, Eric Edwards and Jungala Ellis. The Welcome to Country included a reflection on the Bunurong Peoples connections to the land around Williamstown, the Kulin Nation. A traditional Smoking Ceremony was also held as part of the Welcome to Country to cleanse all the participants at the event and the location.
Local business and charity and community stakeholders were involved in the ceremonial event, which included representatives from Hobsons Bay City Council.
Ceremonies included a welcome from Deputy Mayor, Cr Pamela Sutton-Legaud, who lauded the opening and the contribution to the local Hobsons Bay Council community that the site will boost, especially in regards to bolstering existing waste and recycling practices in the area.
Partnership with Citizen Blue in Williamstown
James Dorney, CEO of TOMRA Cleanaway initiated the partnerships and commented,
“Our partnerships with charity organisation Citizen Blue in Williamstown provides the community of Hobsons Bay Council area and surrounds with a convenient and accessible location to refund eligible drink containers in bulk.”
“TOMRA Cleanaway’s bulk container processing network of depots is operated exclusively by charities and social enterprises, with Citizen Blue in Williamstown a perfect example of the opportunity that Victoria’s Container Deposit Scheme, CDS Vic, can provide.” said Mr. Dorney.
About the CDS Vic West Zone
TOMRA Cleanaway, ‘West Zone’ Network Operator for CDS Vic, has rolled out a network of over 140 refund points to provide an accessible and convenient way for Victoria’s in the west to ‘make their change’ with CDS Vic. The West Zone community has already enthusiastically embraced CDS Vic and the convenient network being delivered and have refunded more than 31.5 million eligible drink containers since Victoria’s Container Deposit Scheme began.
With various CDS Vic depots already operational across the west zone and more on the way, TOMRA Cleanaway is proud to have exclusively partnered with social enterprises and charity organisations to operate the bulk depots across the West Zone.
“TOMRA Cleanaway has specifically built charity partnerships to establish our bulk refund points in the West Zone for CDS Vic.” said James Dorney, CEO of TOMRA Cleanaway.
“Our depot network is designed to take large volumes of eligible drink containers, removing litter from Victoria’s waterways, beaches and streets.”
About CDS Vic Williamstown
The CDS Vic Depot Williamstown is located at 8-10 Racecourse Road, Williamstown, Victoria is open Monday to Friday from 8.00am to 5.00pm; Saturday 8.00am to 4.00pm and closed on Sunday.
For more information about the CDS Vic Williamstown Depot and Citizen Blue, visit here, https://citizenblue.org.au/vic/
About TOMRA Cleanaway’s commitment to Reconciliation
TOMRA Cleanaway’s commitment to ‘caring for Country together’ is a sentiment that permeates all of our operations as we work towards celebration of a reconciled Australia. More information on our Reconciliation Action Plan and activities here, https://tomracleanaway.com.au/corporate/what-we-do/#reconciliation-action-plan.