Container Deposit Scheme return points to be at charity shopfronts

Ian Bushnell 11 June 2018 33

Around 200 million eligible containers are sold each year in the ACT, but only around 30 per cent are being recycled.

A bulk depot site will be available at 151 Gladstone Street in Fyshwick for those wanting to return more than 500 containers at a time but the other four sites will be St Vincent de Paul at Belconnen, Dickson and Greenway, and the Salvation Army at Fyshwick.

The ACT Government said that the number of return points across the ACT would increase over coming months, and be located at charity shop fronts or at larger bulk return depots, with residents able to choose to collect the refund themselves or donate the funds to charity.

Minister for Transport and City Services Meegan Fitzharris said the use of charity shopfronts is a key part of the Government’s approach to the CDS in Canberra, with people able to donate their refund, receive cash, or have the money transferred to their bank account.

“The social enterprise model will also create new employment opportunities for Canberrans, as well as raising funds to provide services and support for those in the community who need it most,” the Minister said.

She said that by July 2019 there would be 18 return points in operation across the ACT.

The return points are:

  • Vinnies Belconnen, corner of Rae and Purdue Streets, Belconnen
  • Vinnies Dickson, 1/9 Woolley Street, Dickson
  • Vinnies Tuggeranong, corner of Pittman Street and Athllon Drive, Greenway
  • Salvos Fyshwick, 15 Mildura Street, Fyshwick
  • Fyshwick Bulk Depot, 151 Gladstone Street, Fyshwick (for more than 500 items)

The Government believes that the CDS makes the industry responsible for the products they make, promotes recovery, reuse and recycling of eligible containers, and reduces litter and the number of containers going to landfill.

Around 200 million eligible containers are sold each year in the ACT, but only around 30 per cent are being recycled.

Ms Fitzharris encouraged local community, charity and sporting groups to use the opportunity to raise funds, and extended an invitation for all Canberrans to attend a community information session to find out how to get involved.

Residents can download a fundraising toolkit, or register online to attend the community information session from 6pm, 13 June 2018 at the Canberra Southern Cross Club, Woden

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33 Responses to Container Deposit Scheme return points to be at charity shopfronts
Capital Retro Capital Retro 1:38 pm 15 Jun 18

South Australia has a container refund scheme for 30 years.

A lot of South Australians take recycling very seriously to the point that they drink our recycled urine too.

Capital Retro Capital Retro 10:10 pm 14 Jun 18

Deposit schemes only work with glass bottles that are washed and used again. This is not the same as single use plastic/metal and then recycling when there is a market for them.

There are millions of recycled containers baled and stored away that will never be recycled.

yosh yosh 8:38 pm 14 Jun 18

They should integrate this with light rail. Stage 4 should be built, leading to a super-express collection point at the border with NSW. With light rail service to the collection point once an hour.

Amy Tomoe Amy Tomoe 8:15 pm 14 Jun 18

Very bad idea. No evidence that these schemes work. Nothing more then yet another tax and punishment for people who already recycle said cans/bottles.

A_Cog A_Cog 12:49 pm 13 Jun 18

Absolutely *LOVE* how ACT Govt managed to screw up something so simple. Must have clear plastic bags, must have an e-account and a bank account, must leave containers with the charity for five days, must manage disputes over how many containers were acceptable…

Could Fitzharris have made this any more complicated? Almost as if they’re banking on it falling over in this form…

    Lucy Baker Lucy Baker 9:03 pm 14 Jun 18

    The retailers are scoring a multimillion dollar windfall – 10c for every bottle that isn’t recycled. Why would they facilitate returns?

    Maya123 Maya123 11:18 pm 14 Jun 18

    This will worry no one but those too lazy to recycle them. Personally, I rarely drink fizzy drink (I last bought one, I’m guessing, more than a couple of years ago. Likely more.), and I don’t drink bottled water in this country. I fill my own bottle and carry it. I recently drove up to northern SA and on to the NT, and it’s bore water there, so I filled bottles of water before I went there. No need to buy water and the plastic packaging. I refilled in places where the water was okay.

    I see bottles sprinkled about the countryside, by the couldn’t care less, lazy crowd, and anything to give people an incentive to go collect them and clean up after the lazy bas.. is worth while. Recently in South Australia I saw a man riding a bike with a trailer laden with collected plastic bottles, and he was looking for more. Putting a value on the bottles encourages this behaviour.

gooterz gooterz 8:21 am 13 Jun 18

They should apply the same scheme to coffee cups. However such a scheme will never work as it would affect MLAs

Capital Retro Capital Retro 8:51 am 12 Jun 18

I gave up drinking soda pop years ago and “bottled water” to me means an old, resusable glass bottle filled with Canberra’s “first crush” world’s best water.

I now feel marginalised because I will be excluded form this “feel-good” experience. If I had a Facebook or Twitter thingee I would be really complaining.

    Maya123 Maya123 4:40 pm 12 Jun 18

    Similar to me. I left fizzy drinks behind in childhood, and even then they were a special treat, not an everyday thing. Those days though, the bottles were glass, we got paid for them and they were washed and reused. Buying bottled water in Canberra (or most of Australia) is a really dumb thing. No wonder some people then complain they are poor.

gooterz gooterz 7:54 am 12 Jun 18

Will the items need to be in perfect condition?

Welcome to 1950s australia.

Rhonda Maree Rhonda Maree 7:14 pm 11 Jun 18

How much do you get?

    Courtney Matthew Courtney Matthew 7:21 pm 11 Jun 18

    probs 10 cents a can - same as the rest of the country

    Rhonda Maree Rhonda Maree 7:48 pm 11 Jun 18

    I guess it will cost more to buy see through zip lock bags

    Courtney Matthew Courtney Matthew 8:09 pm 11 Jun 18

    especially ones big enough to hold all the bottles & cans

    Amy Tomoe Amy Tomoe 8:14 pm 14 Jun 18

    10c refund after paying an extra 15-30c.

Courtney Matthew Courtney Matthew 7:11 pm 11 Jun 18

See through bags? Where in the world am I going to get them from?? Garbage bags are not clear. Reusable shopping bags are not clear.

Wait a few BUSINESS days for my refund?

Why didn’t we go the same route as NSW with reverse vending machines out the front of woolies with the ability to collect the cash from woolies or take money off your shop, add it to your PayPal account OR donate to charity? As per usual, we seem to have done things the hardest way.

    Elspeth Shannon Rollason Elspeth Shannon Rollason 7:19 pm 11 Jun 18

    This is how they do it in Denmark. Supermarkets are the refund points, you get a receipt to get s discount on groceries in that shop or donate to charity. It was so easy

    Megan Cook Megan Cook 11:19 am 12 Jun 18

    Courtney Matthew just steal bin liners from work 😂

Jenni Zimoch Jenni Zimoch 6:54 pm 11 Jun 18

I can't see how it's going to work at Tugg Vinnies.

It's going to be cars everywhere in the carpark queuing to return their stuff.

Tony Hardy Tony Hardy 6:52 pm 11 Jun 18

Shouldn't the disposal sites be located next to the stores that supply the bottles in the first place?

    Amy Tomoe Amy Tomoe 8:16 pm 14 Jun 18

    The disposal sites should be the recycling bins that everyone in the city has at home with no extra cost for the bottles/cans to start with.

    Tony Hardy Tony Hardy 8:36 pm 14 Jun 18

    I agree Amy but Barr and Rattenbury don't realise that those people that throw their plastic bottles away will continue to do so.

    And the rest of us will have to go to a lot of trouble to go to the nearest recycling place - in my case about 16km return. And I have to pass the Greenway recycling depot on the way. Another badly thoughtout whim of Rattenbury's.

    Obi Wan Obi Wan 10:52 pm 14 Jun 18

    Canberra doesn't deserve this government indeed, haven't seen worse than this coalition of Labor and Greens.

Paul Chubb Paul Chubb 6:13 pm 11 Jun 18

From what I hear they will only take pristine containers anyway. This means careful storage until disposal

    Tim Robinson Tim Robinson 8:43 pm 11 Jun 18

    I'm assuming they are the same machines as ours in Newcastle. As long as they can read the barcode all is good.

    Courtney Matthew Courtney Matthew 6:58 am 12 Jun 18

    we aren’t getting machines. The “express” centres (as opposed to bulk) will see you take your returns in a clear bag, print a barcode , hand them over to a person who will count them

    & issue your refund within 5 business days.

Lauryn Roberts Lauryn Roberts 6:05 pm 11 Jun 18

Coz they don't deal with enough rubbish... lol

I still think schools might be good drop off points. Students could help?

    Sue Skinner Sue Skinner 6:13 pm 11 Jun 18

    Mmmm not sure about schools. The Queanbeyan dropoff point in Woolies car park shows that it is a major business for some people & really messy. More points would spread the load though.

    Tim Cole Tim Cole 6:33 pm 11 Jun 18

    Not to say it wouldn't be without its issues, but I do like the idea, Lauryn

    Jenni Zimoch Jenni Zimoch 6:52 pm 11 Jun 18

    I'd prefer my kid was actually learning not sorting through recycling.

    Tom Porter Tom Porter 8:02 pm 11 Jun 18

    P&C should see the potential fundraising that recycling will be. Have parents drop off the cans and bottle, get a PHD student to record what is dropped off and present a report on the school community

    Jenni Zimoch Jenni Zimoch 8:22 pm 11 Jun 18

    Students have enough to learn in the curriculum these days, without this.

    Do a fundraising drive once a year on a weekend, sure. Not regularly.

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