Friday, June 21, 2024

Reverse vending machines deposited in Yarra

The City of Yarra’s first reverse vending machine has been installed at Collingwood Leisure Centre.

Mayor, Edward Crossland said Yarra’s participation in Victoria’s Container Deposit Scheme continues to show Council’s dedication to supporting Victoria’s transition to a circular economy.

“We’re excited to work with the Victorian Government to provide our residents with opportunities and incentives to recycle more materials and transition to a circular economy,” Mayor Crossland said.

“We know our community wants to see a future for Yarra with a safe climate where people and nature thrive, and this program is just one of the many ways we’re working towards this objective.”

“We hope the work of programs like this help make that a reality.”

Victoria’s Container Deposit Scheme (CDS Vic) is a Victorian Government initiative that rewards Victorians with a 10-cent refund for every eligible drinking container they recycle at designated refund points.

The new reverse vending machines will allow residents to be reimbursed for recycling eligible containers including cans, cartons, glass and plastic bottles between 150ml and 1L in size.

Council says the introduction of the scheme will benefit the Yarra community by:

  • reducing litter in streets and waterways
  • providing charities, community groups, environmental organisations, sports groups, and educational organisations with a potential fund-raising stream
  • increasing recycling participation.

Preparations are taking place to install reverse vending machines at three more locations across the municipality. These locations are yet to be confirmed and will be announced soon, the Council said.

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