Friday, February 23, 2024

Yarra looks to install reverse vending machines

City of Yarra Council is working with the Victorian Government to provide residents with opportunities and incentives to recycle more materials as Council transitions to a circular economy.

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

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 fundraising stream;
  • increasing recycling participation.

One of the ways that residents can participate in the CDS is by recycling eligible drinking containers through self-service drop-off points called ‘reverse vending machines’.

Council has identified four locations around the municipality for the reverse vending machines. These locations include: 

  • Fairfield Park oval, Yarra Bend Road;
  • Collingwood Leisure Centre, Turnbull Street;
  • Kevin Bartlett Reserve, FR Smith Drive;
  • Burnley Depot, Burnley Street.

“These locations have been selected based on a number of criteria including sufficient space available (approximately five car spaces), community access, truck access for easy servicing, access to power, among others,” Council said in a statement.

Recycling processing company, Visy, will determine and manage the hardware required to run reverse vending machines in Yarra.

Community is invited public feedback on the proposed locations until 25 September.

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