Welcome to the CDS Vic Network for TOMRA Cleanaway – CDS Vic Horsham Depot!

On Thursday 15 December 2023 we officially welcomed the CDS Vic Horsham Depot, operated by AXIS Worx, to the CDS Vic West Zone network for TOMRA Cleanaway.

Located just minutes from the centre of town, the CDS Vic Depot Horsham offers the people in the Rural City of Horsham the opportunity to recycle and return their eligible drink containers to earn their 10cent refund.

AXIS Worx, the operator of the new Horsham CDS Vic Depot, are a social enterprise supporting people with disability who are unable to work in the open employment sector. AXIS Worx has been carrying out their mission in Horsham since 1983, delivering specialised supported employment services across their three different enterprises – Wood Worx, E-Worx and Pak Worx.

1 Million Containers and Counting!

While the main event of the day was welcoming the depot into the network, the very recent 1 million containers returned milestone hit by the Horsham Depot was definitely the main cause for celebration. It was a wonderful event, marking the joyous occasion with special guests and VIPs from the local council and broader AXIS Worx and AXIS Employment team!

The event took place on a sunny Horsham morning at the new depot located at 134 Golf Course Road, Horsham, with TOMRA Cleanaway’s Victorian GM Tony Catania leading the events proceedings.

Representatives from the Barengi Gadjin Land Council Aboriginal Corporation commenced the event, with Aunty Annebelle Nikkelson delivering an insightful Welcome to Country followed by a Smoking Ceremony delivered by Stumpy.

Aunty Annebelle Nikkelson and Stumpy welcome guests on behalf of Barengi Gadjin Land Council.

Horsham Rural City Council Mayor Cr Robyn Gulline and AXIS Employment Chief Executive Officer Colin Barnett spoke at the event, speaking to the success of the Depot so far and the environmental and social benefits this facility brings to the wider Horsham community and the supported employees at AXIS Worx.

AXIS Employment Chief Executive Officer Colin Barnett speaking at Thursdays event.

Horsham Mayor, Cr Robyn Gulline and TOMRA Cleanaway General Manager for Victoria, Tony Catania.

The event also included a tour of the CDS Vic Depot Horsham, whereby attendees were invited to tour behind the scenes and see how the counting and sorting technology operates. Even for a Thursday morning, the Horsham depot was busy with locals dropping off large reusable bags full of eligible containers, wowing all in attendance with the scale of the containers being processed through this depot.

AXIS Worx staff operating the sorting and counting technology at the CDS Vic Horsham Depot.

Sebastian Stobart, Account Manager at TOMRA Cleanaway, with Bill Schmidt, Director of Social Enterprise at AXIS Worx, during a tour of the facility.

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. The West Zone community has already enthusiastically embraced CDS Vic and the convenient network being delivered and have refunded more than 31.5 million eligible drink containers since Victoria’s Container Deposit Scheme began.

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.”

About CDS Vic Horsham Depot

The CDS Vic Depot Horsham is located at 134 Golf Course Rd, Horsham VIC 3400 is open Tuesday to Friday from 9.00am to 3.00pm, and Saturday 8.00am to 4.00pm and closed Sunday and Monday.

For more information about the CDS Vic Horsham Depot, visit here.

About TOMRA Cleanaway’s commitment to Reconciliation

TOMRA Cleanaway’s commitment to ‘caring for Country together’ is a sentiment that permeates all of our operations as we work towards celebration of a reconciled Australia. More information on our Reconciliation Action Plan and activities here, https://tomracleanaway.com.au/corporate/what-we-do/#reconciliation-action-plan.