Container Deposit Scheme gives back in Gippsland

Residents across Gippsland are reaping the benefits of Victoria’s Container Deposit Scheme, with more than 47 million containers returned across six Local Government Areas since it launched in November last year.

The scheme has refunded more than $4.7 million back to the Gippsland community whilst also diverting drink containers from landfill, building a circular economy that turns them into new recycled products. It’s also creating positive flow-on effects for local residents, as demonstrated by two collection points in Morwell and Trafalgar.

Latrobe Valley Enterprises in Morwell operates a depot, bolstering Latrobe Valley Enterprises ability to create meaningful and sustainable employment opportunities for people living with disabilities.

Down in Trafalgar, the local Scouts are also seeing the benefits of taking part in the recycling program.

Scout leader Brett Hicks says their Over-the-Counter collection point has received more than 160,000 containers and created an important experience for the local Scouts.