Image above: Bell Park AD Opening Event: Tony Circelli, Head, Recycling Victoria; Claire Halsey, Board Member TOMRA Cleanaway; Cr Trent Sullivan, Mayor Greater Geelong; James Dorney, CEO TOMRA Cleanaway; Rob Brown, Chief Chance Creator, Chance Creators group; Tor Eirik Knutsen, Chairman TOMRA Cleanaway; Cr Anthony Aitken, Deputy Mayor City of Greater Geelong
CDS Vic’s West Zone Operations Launched in Geelong!
Since the start of November, 17 refund points have opened across Greater Geelong.
The refund points consist of reverse vending machines, that take cans rather than dispensing them, as well as over-the-counter refund points, pop-up mobile collection sites, and bulk container refund depots.
Operator Recyle4Change is one arm of the Chance Creators group, an organisation that also operates the social enterprise Fruit2Work in Melbourne and Geelong.
“Chance Creators has enthusiastically joined TOMRA Cleanaway as a partner through our Recycle4Change company to deliver two bulk container collection depots in the West Zone for CDS Vic,” said Mr Brown.
“More importantly, we have been able to employ 12 people that have been impacted through the judicial system, delivering meaningful employment, connection, and support.
“This employment and connection also serves the community through eliminating re-offending: none of our employees have returned to prison, and reducing the financial burden on taxpayers.”
“The launch of CDS Vic has been highly anticipated and warmly welcomed by the Geelong community,” Cr Sullivan said.
“Geelong City Council is involved in hosting multiple refund points that are enabling our community to participate in Australia’s most convenient and accessible container deposit scheme.”
Cr Sullivan said he was impressed by the constant stream of people and had already tried out the scheme himself, receiving a coupon.
TOMRA Cleanaway are the West Zone Network Operator for CDS Vic, responsible for the machines in the Geelong region.
Chief executive officer James Dorney said locals have embraced the scheme and the benefits it brings to the community.
“We have mobilised a convenient and accessible refund collection point network that takes eligible drink containers out of landfill and litter.
“Collecting more than 700,000 eligible drink containers across the state represents a considerable shift in consumer behaviour that will only build in momentum over time.”