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Reverse vending machines transform community recycling

Reverse vending machines transform community recycling

Thursday, March 21, 2024

More than 1.3 million containers have been recycled through reverse vending machines at Council reserves in the City of Whittlesea as part of Victoria’s Container Deposit Scheme. 

The four machines, installed in collaboration with Visy and CDS Vic, are located at Waterview Recreation Reserve in Mernda, Mosaic Reserve in Lalor, Meadowglen International Athletics Stadium in Epping and Mill Park Lakes Recreation Reserve in South Morang. 

City of Whittlesea Chair Administrator Lydia Wilson says the reverse vending machines have already proved popular with the community. 

“These machines are not only an accessible way for the community to participate in Victoria’s Container Deposit Scheme, but also demonstrate our shared commitment to reducing waste and fostering a circular economy, while rewarding the community at the same time," Lydia said.  

“Through this exciting recycling option, our community can help contribute to a cleaner and more sustainable city. The scheme also allows charities and community groups the opportunity to raise funds while making an impact. We are delighted to see so many of our community already taking part.” 

To learn more about the Container Deposit Scheme, including eligible containers and fundraising opportunities, visit