On September 13, 12 representatives from Sustainability Victoria, the Victorian Waste Management Association, various councils and waste and resource recovery groups visited NSW’s Eastern Creek Collection and Counting Centre to learn more about NSW’s Container Deposit Scheme (CDS), Return and Earn.
Pictured: The delegation at Cleanaway’s Eastern Creek Container Sorting Facility
The delegation was guided by TOMRA Cleanaway’s leadership team, James Dorney, David Hill, Vesna Davidovic and Michelle Mandl-Keating, along with significant support from David Clancy and Alex Hatherly from Cleanaway NSW, and Markus Fraval, David Hanrahan and Brent Murray from TOMRA Collections Solutions Australia.
The delegation spent a day touring NSW’s CDS collections network including various Return and Earn deposit points to learn how TOMRA Cleanaway supports the scheme.
Pictured: Jordan Springs Reverse Vending Machine (RVM)
The day’s activities concluded with a Q&A over dinner, whilst hearing presentations from significant NSW CDS stakeholders. These included representatives from the NSW Department of Planning Industry and Environment, CDS Division Director, Baharak Sahebekhtiari and Manager Programs and Strategic Relationships, Rhonda Hobson.
Vinnies NSW, Executive Officer – Wollongong & Parramatta, Peter Quarmby, who is responsible for leading the Vinnies NSW strategic network development with TOMRA Cleanaway, also presented along with Jo Taranto, Director and Co-Founder of eco-social movement Good for the Hood.
Pictured: April Williams, Senior Sustainability Officer from City of Monash tests a Reverse Vending Machine (RVM)
The delegation displayed significant support for the implementation of a container deposit scheme in Victoria and left with a firmer understanding of the opportunity available to design a network that enables a consistent, efficient and convenient citizen experience.
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