Clunes residents will soon have added financial incentive to recycle their eligible plastic and glass drink bottles, carton and cans through Victoria’s container deposit scheme, CDS Vic following the installation of a reverse vending machine in Fraser Street.

To be operated by TOMRA Cleanaway, the West Zone operator for the state’s container deposit scheme, the machine has been installed on land held by the town’s IGA supermarket.

Operational from this Friday July 5, the new reverse vending machine follows similar ones already operating in Creswick, Daylesford and Trentham.

Tony Catania, GM Victoria for TOMRA Cleanaway



“We are proud to be partnering with the Clunes IGA to host this new reverse vending machine which is expected to go live Friday,” said Tony Catania, GM Victoria for TOMRA Cleanaway.




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Clunes IGA supermarket owner Dianne Hill says the supermarket agreed to provide the land for the machine after the site was identified as one of the few locations in the town suited for the machine due to the fact that it has both three-phase power and staff on site seven days a week.

Earlier this year the Hepburn Shire Council reported that soon after the installation of the reverse vending machine in Creswick, the machine had received a record 9500-plus containers in just one week courtesy of 112 customers, pointing to the success of the Container Deposit Scheme in reducing litter and supporting community fundraising.

CDS Vic is an initiative of the Victorian government that provides a 10 cent refund for every returned eligible drink container returned across the state.

This article first appeared in The Local News on 1 July 2024.

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