What is a reverse vending machine?
A reverse vending machine (RVM) is the opposite of a drink dispensing machine. A person places their empty eligible drink container into the machine, the container is scanned to verify it is eligible, and the person either:
- receives a voucher they can redeem for cash or in-store credit at a partnering retailer (such as Woolworths or Coles)
- receives an electronic funds transfer to their registered PayPal account via the CDS Vic West Zone app
- donates a refund to a nominated charity or community group.
These machines do not hold cash.
If you are interested in partnering to host an RVM, please contact us.
What is a standalone reverse vending machine?
Standalone RVMs are compact versions of our larger reverse vending machines.
These machines operate in the same easy way as their larger format counterpart, but their compact size means they can be placed in small-to-medium stores and still offer the same efficient, hassle-free experience.
If you are interested in partnering to host a standalone RVM, please contact us.
What is an over-the-counter (OTC) refund point?
OTC refund points are container collection points that manually collect containers and delivers them to a central counting and sorting facility for verification and processing.
OTC refund points typically handle smaller numbers of containers.
If you are interested in partnering to host an OTC, please contact us.
What is an automated depot?
An automated depot (AD) is a high-volume collection point for containers in bulk quantities. The AD has a mechanical scanning and counting system that efficiently processes bulk returns using the same cloud-based verification technology used in RVMs.
ADs are operated by independent organisations and receive a handling fee for each eligible drink container received. In the West Zone, TOMRA Cleanaway is proud to partner with a range of social enterprises to operate these bulk refund points across Victoria’s west.
If you are interested in partnering to host an AD, please contact us.
What is a reverse vending bulk depot?
Reverse vending bulk depots or RVBDs are self-service facilities.
The indoor air-conditioned facility features 6 indoor reverse vending machines and provides an all-weather experience with more capacity and onsite parking.
Please contact us to find out more.