These attractive zones cover Western Regional Victoria and Western Metropolitan Melbourne, which equates to approximately one-third of the state of Victoria in geographic terms with a population of over 2 million. It is estimated that half a billion eligible drink containers will be collected through these zones annually.
The scheme is anticipated to commence on 1 November 2023 with an initial Network Operator contract duration of five years.
TOMRA Cleanaway is a 50/50 joint venture between Cleanaway and TOMRA that brings together Cleanaway’s logistics capability and TOMRA’s reverse vending machine technology to deliver a comprehensive CDS network. Cleanaway has extensive experience in various container deposit schemes across the country, with the TOMRA Cleanaway joint venture reappointed as the sole Network Operator for the highly successful NSW scheme last year.
As the Network Operator TOMRA Cleanaway will be responsible for the Victorian CDS network of return points, including Reverse Vending Machines, over-the-counter drop offs and automated depots. The joint venture will also be responsible for ensuring the resources collected through the scheme are sent to appropriate destinations for recycling.
Cleanaway’s CEO and Managing Director, Mark Schubert said, “We are excited and proud to deliver a superior recycling solution to Victoria. Cleanaway’s Blueprint 2030 strategy is centred around delivering sustainable customer solutions. Today’s CDS announcement is a great example of strategy into action as we further extend our network of infrastructure and integrate it together for customers.”