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.
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We are LIVE from the Salvation Army in Fyshwick where Minister for Transport and City Services Meegan Fitzharris MLA is announcing where the first return points for the Container Deposit Scheme will be located. Canberra residents will soon be able to receive a 10 cent refund on drink containers.
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“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
More information is available online at www.actcds.com.au.