Australia’s Victorian Government is set to launch the new Container Deposit Scheme (CDS Vic) initiative in Benalla Rural City.

Expected to launch on 1 November 2023, the scheme is intended to offer a cleaner stream of recyclable materials while reducing beverage packaging that typically ends up in landfills.

The CDS Vic will help participating residents preserve their environment while earning incentives in the process.

It offers state citizens an opportunity to earn ten cents for every eligible can and bottle they return.

As part of the scheme, resource recovery solution provider Foott Waste Solutions will operate a dedicated depot in Benalla.

The company will install automated counting machines to process all volumes of cans and bottles, with the machine itself to be staffed by Foott associates.

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Containers eligible for this ten-cent refund will hold a mark around their respective barcodes.

The scheme includes glass, plastic, steel and liquid paperboard drink containers between 150ml and three litres. Eligible containers will then be transformed into new drink containers.

Residents should ensure that containers are empty prior to returning them while the lids can be left on to ensure all parts are recycled.

Crushed containers are not eligible for the CDS Vic.

Residents will also have the option to donate their refund to selected community groups and charities.

Benalla Rural City Council mayor and councillor Bernie Hearn said: “We are thrilled to welcome CDS to Benalla Rural City. This initiative is a win-win for our community. It not only encourages responsible waste management, but it also supports our local charities, schools, community groups and environmental organisations.

“By participating residents are able to support local groups by donating their funds from collected containers directly to a group or organisation of their choice.”