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Expressions of interest called for VIC’s container deposit scheme

Expressions of interest called for VIC’s container deposit scheme

The Victorian Government is making progress with its new container deposit scheme, with expressions of interest (EOI) from qualified organisations to run the scheme now open.

Using a cash reward for the return of drink cans, cartons, and bottles, Victoria’s container deposit scheme aims to reduce waste, encourage recycling, create hundreds of new jobs and support economic opportunities across Victoria.

The scheme will provide a minimum of one collection point per 14,500 people in metropolitan areas, at least one per town of 750 people in regional areas and at least one per town of 350 people in remote areas for item collection.

For the scheme to function allocated scheme coordinator will manage the administration and finance of the CDS, and the network operators will run the collection and refund points.

Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change Lily D’Ambrosio said the scheme would provide the community with a range of benefits.

“We know Victorians want to do more to reduce litter and landfill – the new CDS will make it easier to do our bit, while providing a cash bonus, create local jobs and helping to reduce emissions caused by landfill,” she said.

The expression of interest is open to any metropolitan or regional business or joint venture, including social enterprises, not-for profits and charities who can demonstrate that they can deliver a container deposit scheme.

Applicants will need to describe how they will deliver a reliable and accessible CDS, integrate diverse approaches and technologies, and support participation by community organisations and charities. Successful applicants in the EOI will progress to a formal tender process, where they will provide detailed solutions including pricing to deliver a high performing CDS.

The expression of interest will be open from 18 November 2021 to 23 December 2021.

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