MINISTER LAUNCHES CDS VIC BREAKWATER DEPOT!

Our partnerships with charity and not-for-profit organisations like Brotherhood of St Laurence in Breakwater, have created dozens of new jobs across the West Zone for individuals that have historically faced barriers to employment.”

Saturday 25 November was a day to celebrate, as Victorian Minister for Environment, Steve Dimopoulous, officially welcomed the CDS Vic Breakwater depot operated by Brotherhood of St Laurence (BSL) 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 BSL in Breakwater, state of the art Reverse Vending Machines, and Over-the-Counter refund points. The CDS Vic Breakwater depot is heralded for delivering an innovative partnership between the west zone network operator, TOMRA Cleanaway and BSL, enabling the employment of a dozen locals from the region.

The Minister visited the CDS Vic Breakwater depot to see firsthand the exciting service being delivered by the BSL Team and was hosted by CDS Vic West Zone operator, TOMRA Cleanaway’s Victorian General Manager, Tony Catania.  TOMRA Cleanaway has partnered across the west zone with charities and not for profit organisations to deliver the bulk container collection depot network, ensuring greater community, social and environmental successes are delivered through CDS Vic. TOMRA Cleanaway’s aspirations meant that in South Geelong the partnership with BSL was a natural outcome for the goal.

Partnership with BSL in Breakwater

James Dorney, CEO of TOMRA Cleanaway initiated the partnerships and commented,

Our partnerships with charity and not-for-profit organisations like Brotherhood of St Laurence in Breakwater, have created dozens of new jobs across the West Zone for individuals that have historically faced barriers to employment.”

“TOMRA Cleanaway’s bulk container processing network of depots is operated exclusively by charities and social enterprises, with BSL in Breakwater a perfect example of the opportunity that Victoria’s Container Deposit Scheme, CDS Vic, can provide.” said Mr. Dorney.

BSL Head of Social Enterprises, Louise Beaumont, was on hand at the event to explain the Breakwater site operations, services and opportunities that CDS Vic has provided. Ms Beaumont said,

“BSL is delighted to be part of Victoria’s Container Deposit Scheme. We’ve seen kinder-aged kids learning about recycling and saving and families putting their refunds towards providing food for their families and paying the rent – we’re proud to be part of an initiative with such significant benefits to the community and the environment.”

Minister for Environment Steve Dimopoulos was thrilled to learn about the operations being delivered at Breakwater and is encouraging the residents of Geelong to get behind the container deposit scheme,

“Victoria’s Container Deposit Scheme is contributing to a more sustainable future, while helping Victorian charities and community groups to raise valuable funds. CDS Vic will reduce the amount of litter in Victoria by up to half and maximise the number of cans, bottles and cartons being recycled into new products.” Minister Dimopoulos said.

Minister Steve Dimopoulos hears from CDS Vic Breakwater Staff from BSL about the site operation.

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.

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.”

The CDS Vic depot Breakwater in Geelong South at 6 Haworth Court, Breakwater, Victoria is open Monday to Friday from 9.00am to 4.30pm; Saturday 9.00am to 2.30pm and Sunday 9.00am to 12.30pm.