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Visy announces $35M Laverton glass recycling centre upgrade

Packaging and recycling giant Visy today announced a $35 million upgrade of its Laverton glass recycling centre.

According to company statement, the facility will pave the way for a Victorian container deposit scheme (CDS) sales model that prioritises remanufacturing in Victoria, so Visy can turn a bottle into a bottle, over and over again.

The proposed upgrade is expected to create 92 jobs during construction and a further six ongoing positions once completed. It will double the centre’s recycling capacity from 100,000 to 200,000 tonnes of glass each year.

Visy’s centre at Laverton currently operates by sorting glass 10 millimetres in size or larger. Once the upgrade is complete, the facility will be able to sort glass down to three millimetres in size – boosting recycling opportunities and diverting more glass from landfill.

The additional recycled glass will be made into new jars and bottles for Australian food and beverage companies and will be used in asphalt and road base works.

”Today’s announcement is a clear win for the environment and a great endorsement of the work we’ve done to boost the circular economy, including our proposed CDS,” Environment, Energy and Climate Change Minister Lily D’Ambrosio said.

“Our open and transparent CDS model is one that supports Victorian manufacturing and will mean more green jobs for Victorians in recycling and manufacturing.”

Set to start in 2023, the CDS will maximise the return of used drink cans, bottles and cartons for recycling – reducing Victoria’s litter by up to 50 per cent.

“The final design of the CDS – announced yesterday with resounding support from participants during public consultations – was chosen following detailed analysis of schemes operating internationally and interstate to make sure Victoria has the best possible scheme,” D’Ambrosio said.

People will be able to return cans, bottles and cartons at various locations including shopping centres, drive through collection depots and mobile drop off points.

Charity, community and sports groups will also have the option of operating container collection points to raise extra funds.

“The state government has invested more than $515 million to deliver the biggest ever transformation and reform of Victoria’s waste and recycling industry encouraging investment and growth in the sector,” D’Ambrosio said

“A separate glass recycling service is being introduced across the state, increasing Victoria’s ability to recycle glass and reduce contamination in the other recycling streams like paper, cardboard and plastic.”

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