Drink bottles, cartons and cans can be returned for a 10-cent refund at Manningham’s first reverse vending machine.
The Container Deposit Scheme (CDS Vic) is designed to increase recycling and reduce litter, while delivering economic benefits to the community.
Manningham Mayor, Councillor Carli Lange, encouraged community members to take advantage of the opportunity to more conveniently recycle their eligible containers.
“We all need to work together to take responsibility for how we dispose of waste. Let’s improve our recycling efforts, while supporting a sustainable future and the local economy along the way. Our recycling actions create products for future generations and ongoing sustainability for our community,” Cr Lange said.
Cr Lange was joined by Deputy Mayor Laura Mayne, Director City Services Rachelle Quattrocchi, Visy Co-owner Fiona Geminder, Visy CEO Mark De Wit, Visy Executive General Manager Wayne Russell, Visy General Manager Container Deposit Scheme Tim O’Donnell at the new reverse vending machine installed at Rieschiecks Reserve this morning.
“The reverse vending machines are automated, purpose-built and can capture up to 10,000 eligible containers each day. They can be used from 7.00am to 8.00pm daily and include acoustic panels for sound proofing and external lighting for enhancing safety and security.
Reverse vending machines will help make recycling more convenient and accessible said Tim O’Donnell, Visy General Manager Container Deposit Scheme.
“The Manningham community has already embraced CDS Vic in its first few weeks, returning their containers through over-the-counters and depots. Reverse vending machines are another way for sports and community clubs to be rewarded for recycling, as every bit counts when it comes to fundraising efforts.”
The community can choose to receive their refund via an electronic transfer through the downloadable CDS Vic North app for iOS or Android, a voucher or as a donation to a charity or community group. The community can also return eligible containers to over-the-counter sites across Manningham, for cash refunds.
“This initiative rewards recycling and allows used cans, bottles and other eligible containers to be repurposed into new products,” Cr Lange said.
“I’m confident that having the reverse vending machines in such convenient locations locally will significantly reduce litter and deliver positive community fundraising and environmental outcomes.”
Locals can now use the Rieschiecks Reserve reverse vending machine installed at Rieschiecks Reserve, 125-149 George Street, Doncaster East with further locations to open locally in coming months.
CDS Vic is part of the Victorian Government's $515 million investment to transform the state's waste and recycling sector. The scheme will contribute to Victoria's target of diverting 80 per cent of all material away from landfill by 2030.
The initiative will support community efforts towards achieving net zero community emissions by 2035 as set out in Council’s Climate Emergency Response Plan.
Photo left to right: Visy Executive General Manager Wayne Russell, Visy General Manager Container Deposit Scheme Tim O’Donnell, Director City Services, Rachelle Quattrocchi, Visy CEO Mark De Wit, Visy Co-owner Fiona Geminder, Manningham Mayor, Councillor Carli Lange, Deputy Mayor Laura Mayne, and Coordinator Waste and Resource Recovery Linda Kenworthy at Rieschiecks Reserve’s Container Deposit Scheme reverse vending machine.