Celebrating the International Day of People with Disability!

Today ‘International Day of People with Disability’ is celebrated globally.

The aim of the day is to increase public awareness, understanding and acceptance of people with disability, shining a light on the achievements and contributions the community make each day.

TOMRA Cleanaway’s CDS Vic West Zone network operation by TOMRA Cleanaway in NSW has enabled partnerships with disability employment services across the state. For these organisations, the partnership hosting return points has delivered new revenue streams, business operations and employment opportunities across regional NSW. Resulting in employment for people with disabilities that prior to the scheme commencing in 2017, would not have been possible.

Our partners in industry and disability services speak highly of the relationship and opportunities provided by a partnership with TOMRA Cleanaway and the value beyond employment opportunity that the partnership provides.

Bourke Laundry Service in far western NSW is a long term partner with TOMRA Cleanaway, delivering an over the counter return point for the NSW Container Deposit Scheme (CDS), Return and Earn



“We employ people with a disability, our partnership with TOMRA Cleanaway enables our staff to come to work and not only earn money, but they feel they are helping keep our town litter free and cutting back on land fill which they are very proud of.”

– Judi Lucas, Site Manager, Bourke Laundry Service a disability services provider and return and point operator.


We recently published an article in The Age, that highlighted how TOMRA Cleanaway is delivering in partnership with charities and not for profit organisations in Victoria for CDS Vic. Link here to the published article.


CDS Vic and Social Enterprise Engagement

We have a number of new partnerships in Victoria through CDS Vic that are delivering beneficial outcomes for the community and the environment across our network operations.

This includes CDS Vic Depots hosted by social enterprises that are providing meaningful jobs in the Resource Recovery industry.


Some of our CDS Vic Depot operators that are also providing disability employment includes, the Brotherhood of St Laurence in Breakwater, in South Geelong; Outlook, who hosts a CDS Vic Depot in Ravenhall; and Are Able in Warrnambool and in Horsham we partner with Axis Worx.

Staff at CDS Vic Breakwater Depot celebrate their opening with TOMRA Cleanaway Executive and Minister for Environment, Steve Dimopoulos

NSW Partnerships for Return and Earn

“TOMRA Cleanaway has enabled us to provide viable ‘Green Jobs’ for people with disabilities and their support staff and has allowed us the opportunity to raise the profile of our organisation locally.”

– Tim Swan, CEO of Valmar Industries a disability services provider and return point operator.

Read more about Valmar Industries 

The Willing and Able Foundation in Port Macquarie is yet another regional good news story that demonstrates the valuable contribution people with disability are providing to the scheme in NSW. TOMRA Cleanaway network has partnered to host an over the counter return point on the NSW mid-north coast.

Read more about the Willing and Able

TOMRA Cleanaway celebrates and gives thanks to disability employment organisations that are helping deliver an accessible and convenient container deposit scheme for the citizens of NSW and through our refund point network in Victoria’s Container Deposit Scheme CDS Vic.