Refund point hits Ocean Grove

New container refund point opens in Ocean Grove. (Supplied)

Ocean Grove now has a spot for people to recycle used containers with a new reverse vending machine refund point.

The Container Deposit Scheme (CDS) refund point was installed by TOMRA Cleanaway at Ocean Grove Market Place on 2/20 Kingston Downs Drive, the 20th City of Greater Geelong refund point.

TOMRA Cleanaway chief executive James Dorney said providing people with a drop-off location for drink containers helped support the state’s transition to a circular economy.

“We’re very excited to have landed a new CDS Vic refund point in Ocean Grove, adding to the existing network of refund points in Victoria,” he said.

“The community has shown that when provided with a convenient, accessible, and technology-based container deposit scheme network, they will get involved.

“Our machines are quick, convenient, and automated, and able to be seamlessly integrated into retail and community locations…which achieves clean, source-separated commodities.”

The CDS allows people to collect and recycle eligible drink bottles, cartons and cans by returning them through refund points to receive 10 cents per item.

Minister for Environment Steve Dimopoulos said it was “incredible” to see many people across the state embrace and utilise the scheme.

“(This is) driving progress towards our target of diverting 80 per cent of all material away from landfill by 2030,” he said.

“We’re making it easier than ever for the local community to recycle, with a new CDS Vic refund point now open in Ocean Grove.

“We’re completely transforming recycling in Victoria backed by a $515 million investment to deliver the landmark transition to a circular economy.”

Ocean Grove Coast Care, Ocean Grove Evening VIEW Club, Lions Club of Ocean Grove Barwon Heads, Coast Watch Marine Rescue Ocean Grove and Ocean Grove Primary School fundraise with the CDS.