Torquay Food Aid has joined the roster of registered charities benefiting from Victoria’s Container Deposit Scheme!

Launched in November, CDS Vic offers a 10-cent refund for each eligible drink can, carton, or bottle returned at a refund point.

Participants in the scheme can choose to either keep this refund or donate it to a registered donation partner, which include charities, organisations, and community groups.

President of Torquay Food Aid, Michael Buckley, said supporters could find details on how to contribute to the organisation thought the CDS Vic West App or by visiting the scheme’s website.

“People can take their cans and small glass bottles that are clearly labelled for the rebate to any of the collection centres.

“It’s also a great way for people to support us who can’t donate food or money and recycle at the same time.”

President of Torquay Food Aid Michael Buckley. Photo: Klaus Nannestad – courtesy of Times News Group

Since its inception in 1994, Torquay Food Aid has been serving the Torquay community.

Every Wednesday, the charity provides its clients with essential pantry items, including milk, bread, fruits, and vegetables, sufficient for a week.

“We are in need of cleaning products, laundry products, and detergents at the moment,” Mr. Buckley said.

People can drop them into the box at IGA or Woolworths North Torquay, or visit Torquay Food Aid during opening hours.

Mr. Buckley said those needing to access the service don’t need to register.

“Just come on a Wednesday afternoon between 12 noon and 3pm.”

Victorians across the West Zone are encouraged to download the CDS Vic West Zone App to browse and select their chosen charity campaigns to donate their refunds to. Additionally, the app also allows users to check for live status and opening hours of their local refund points before planning their trip.

CDS Vic on the Surf Coast

TOMRA Cleanaway have rolled out almost 150 refunds points across west Melbourne and western Victoria, with 180 refund points planned to be installed once the scheme is fully rolled out in August 2024.

Along the Surf Coast, refund points are available at:

About CDS Vic

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

In just 2 months CDS Vic celebrated more than 100 million containers being returned across the state, meaning Victorian’s pocketed over $10 million in refunds in just two months.

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 Surf Coast Times