Portland CDS Vic RVM Installed!

As a part of TOMRA Cleanaway’s mobilisation of refund points in the West Zone of Victoria, a Reverse Vending Machine for Victoria’s Container Deposit Scheme, has been installed in Woolworths Portland to serve the community of the Glenelg Shire Council.

District residents have “embraced” the Scheme (CDS Vic) since its introduction on November 1, a TOMRA Cleanaway representative said.

TOMRA Cleanaway operates the west zone of CDS Vic. Across the Glenelg Shire CDS Vic refund collection points, the community has returned over 117,000 containers and pocketed more than $11,700 in just six weeks of operation! A fantastic start to what will be an enduring environmental initiative in Victoria.

There are currently three refund collection points in the Glenelg Shire. TOMRA Cleanaway has commented that collections from their logistics partner has been increased over the summer season to cater for community needs. There are more planned CDS Vic refund collection points in the new year in 2024 also.

The new Woolworths Portland CDS Vic RVM

About TOMRA Cleanaway and the CDS Vic West Zone

The West zone operation has so far collected more than 36 million containers, putting more than $3.6 million back into the pockets of Victorians, a TOMRA Cleanaway representative said.

All containers returned through the collection point network for CDS Vic pass through technology for audit and verification purposes, which achieve clean, source-separated commodities that support Victoria’s transition to a circular economy.

The Woolworths Reverse Vending Machine is located closest to Henty Street and can be used by up to four individuals at once. It is recommended to download the CDS Vic west zone app to manage their container refunds and find their closest collection point.

About CDS Vic

Victoria’s Container Deposit Scheme rewards Victorians with a 10-cent refund for every eligible used drink can, bottle and carton.

CDS Vic will reduce Victoria’s litter by up to half, create new economic opportunities, generate around 600 jobs across the state, in both regional and metropolitan Victoria, and turn drink containers into new recycled products.

This article first appeared in The Spectator and the Portland Observer