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Half a Billion Containers Recycled Through Deposit Scheme

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Victorians have recycled over 500 million cans and bottles through the Container Deposit Scheme, earning $50 million and supporting local charities and community groups

In Wyndham and across Victoria, residents are enthusiastically participating in the Container Deposit Scheme (CDS), having returned more than 500 million cans and bottles for recycling.

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Recently, Minister for Environment Steve Dimopoulos visited the CDS Vic Depot in Melton, the second-highest performing site in Victoria, to announce that Victorians have earned an impressive $50 million through the scheme. Additionally, thousands of dollars have been donated to participating charities and community groups.

The Melton depot, operated by KARI in partnership with Clean Vibes, a sustainable event waste management company, has processed 14.7 million cans, glass, and PET plastics in just over six months. KARI, a not-for-profit organisation supporting Aboriginal families and youth, also manages a second refund point in Coburg North and employs 17 people, primarily from First Nations backgrounds, across both sites.

Victorians continue to rise to the challenge, returning an average of 138 containers per transaction. CDS Vic processes around 17 million cans, cartons, and bottles statewide every week.

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Williamstown leads the state with over 18.6 million containers returned, while Hallam ranks third in Melbourne with 10.9 million containers. In regional Victoria, Mildura is the top-performing site with 11.7 million containers, followed closely by Shepparton with 9.7 million containers.

Containers collected through CDS Vic are repurposed into various new products, including materials for roads, furniture, construction, and textiles, creating economic opportunities and supporting over 600 jobs across Victoria.

Thanks to the generosity of Victorians, more than $260,000 has been donated to the scheme’s 3000 participating charity partners, including Citizen Blue in Williamstown, Scouts Victoria in Glen Waverley, and Envirobank in Kangaroo Flat and East Bendigo.

A record $515 million has been invested to transform Victoria’s waste and recycling system, aiming to divert 80 per cent of all waste from landfill by 2030.

Once fully implemented in August, Victorians will be able to return eligible drink containers to around 600 refund points across the state, including sites in Wyndham, ensuring widespread access and participation.

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