AUSTRALIA – Melbourne-based paper, packaging and recycling company, Visy has signed up Nanny Jan’s Emporium as its first collection point operator for the Victorian Container Deposit Scheme (CDS Vic) in Australia.

Nanny Jan’s Emporium is located in the northeast Victorian town of Eildon and offers haberdashery, craft supplies, plants, and various gifts.

According to Visy, this location will serve as a drop-off point for the community and tourists who visit the town. For every eligible can, carton, and bottle people return, they will earn a refund of 10 cents.

Local real estate agent Mark Howard, who helped Nanny Jan’s sign up for the scheme, said: “We are thrilled to be the first to sign up to the Visy Victorian Container Deposit Scheme.

‘Our pristine north-east Victorian town is the gateway to Lake Eildon’s tourist mecca and the Goulburn River which supplies a quarter of Victoria’s irrigation water. Many thanks to Jack and the team at Visy who also embraced our vision for the future.”

In April this year, Visy was appointed as one of the network operators to deliver the Victorian container deposit scheme (CDS).

Visy will be supported by Envirobank, an Australian-owned and recognized indigenous business. Together they will run the collection and refund points across the Loddon, Mallee and Hume regions, as well as the inner north-eastern suburbs of Melbourne.

Victoria will install the highest number of refund collection points per person anywhere in Australia, with Visy installing over 200 refund collection points for Victorians to recycle their containers.

The company’s network operating model for the scheme will create an estimated 215 jobs directly in the network, with up to 500 indirect jobs created across the Victorian economy.

Visy’s infrastructure and expertise for recycling, product innovation and logistics will help ensure the container deposit scheme achieves strong recycling rates, creates new local jobs, and reduces waste and emissions from landfill, says Visy CEO Mark De Wit.

Meanwhile, in May, the Melbourne-based company secured US$31.25 million (A$48m) to upgrade its recycling and remanufacturing facility in Gibson Island, Queensland.

The upgrade includes a new state-of-the-art paper optical sorting plant and an upgrade to the embedded energy facility onsite, which uses waste as a power source as opposed to going to a landfill.

The upgrade is a part of his commitment to invest US$1.31 billion (A$2bn) over the next decade – US$457.94 million (A$700m) of that in Queensland – to reduce landfill, cut emissions and create green collar manufacturing jobs, according to Visy executive chairman Anthony Pratt.

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