‘Vending Machine’ Recycling Plan for Australia
17 April 2013 at 11:45 am
International recycling companies have announced the delivery of a modern recycling system to Australia that they say will result in the recycling around 5 billion containers annually that would otherwise end up in landfill.
The proposed Container Deposit System (CDS) will work as a ‘reverse vending machine’ facility located at approximately 1,400 points across the nation close to large supermarkets, according to the proposal.
CEO of European based TOMRA, one of the participating international companies, Stefan Ranstrand said that based on the experience in over 30 markets a well-designed CDS would provide significant economic returns as well as community benefits.
The plan is expected to create more than 3000 jobs as well as a predicted capital influx of $500m into sustainable infrastructure.
Revive Recycling Chief Executive, Markus Fraval said: “A CDS in Australia will reclaim at least 5 billion containers that are currently lost to litter or landfill every year, and that are conservatively estimated to be worth around $120 to $140 million annually.”
In Germany, both consumers and retailers were quick to embrace the system once it was fully implemented in 2006, according to Carsten Schleeberger, Head of Deposit Systems at Rhenus who are also involved in the Australian introduction.
“Recycling rates are now consistently over 95%, and it is providing local industry with
high quality material that adds significant local economic value.”
Managing Director of Envirobank Recycling Narelle Anderson said that the CDS trial in the Northern Territory gave remote Australian communities economic benefits.
“Those on marginal incomes now have the opportunity to supplement their incomes,
easing cost of living pressures, by collecting containers at 10c each,” she said.
The international recycling companies involved in the proposal are currently discussing investment opportunities with Federal and State Governments as well as industry stakeholders.