Victoria’s Container Deposit Scheme Launches Today, November 1, 2023

Victoria’s Container Deposit Scheme Launches Today, November 1, 2023

WARRNAMBOOL, VICTORIA – Today marks a momentous occasion as Victoria’s Container Deposit Scheme kicks off, offering Victorians an exciting opportunity to contribute to a more sustainable and environmentally friendly future. The program will reward individuals with a 10-cent refund for every eligible can, carton, and bottle returned to reverse vending machines starting from November 1, 2023.

At the forefront of this initiative, are-able, a Warrnambool-based social enterprise, proudly announces the installation of a depot for the state’s Container Deposit Scheme. Located at are-able’s Albert Street premises, this depot embodies are-able’s commitment to environmental sustainability and providing employment opportunities for individuals living with disabilities.

Nick Membery, NDIS Services Manager at are-able, expressed his enthusiasm for hosting the scheme, stating, “This aligns seamlessly with our ongoing efforts to build a circular economy, in which all elements in the production cycle are used or recycled, minimizing pollution and waste. The scheme also represents another sustainable employment opportunity for people living with disabilities, which is a core focus of our organization.”

By joining the Container Deposit Scheme, are-able reinforces its dedication to reducing waste and creating a positive impact on the environment. The organization is already actively involved in e-waste recycling, clothing, and various goods through the Big R’s Shed.

Across the region, reverse vending machines have been installed in key locations, including Warrnambool, Dennington, Koroit, Hamilton, Port Fairy, Coleraine, Heywood, Casterton, Terang, and Timboon. Those who wish to participate in the program can drop off their containers at the Warrnambool depot or any other designated drop-off points, provided they download the CDS Vic West app to claim their refund.

Participants have multiple options for receiving their refunds, including a retail cash voucher, a digital transfer to a bank account, or the option to donate the funds to a charity of their choice.

Eligible containers for the scheme include non-concentrated fruit or vegetable juice, flavoured milk, beer, soft drinks, and mixed spirits. Exempt items are glass wine and spirit bottles, juice bottles larger than one litre, milk containers, cordial bottles, concentrated fruit or vegetable juice, and health tonics.

Community groups and charities are encouraged to set up donation points, refund collection points, or host collection drives as a convenient way to fundraise and support local initiatives.

The Container Deposit Scheme in the south-west of Victoria is operated by TOMRA Cleanaway, who have already installed 128 refund points across Melbourne and regional Victoria. More refund points are expected to be erected in the coming months, making recycling and sustainability more accessible than ever before.

The launch of Victoria’s Container Deposit Scheme is a significant step towards a greener and more sustainable future. are-able is proud to be part of this initiative, promoting environmental responsibility and creating valuable employment opportunities for those with disabilities. We encourage all Victorians to participate in this program, making a positive impact on our community and the environment.

For more information about Victoria Container Deposit Scheme, please visit https://mytomra.com.au/locations/vic-container-deposit-scheme/