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.