Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary Torma

Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary installs a container refund scheme reverse vending machine

On a mission to reduce waste, Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary have installed Queensland’s very first commercial container refund scheme reverse vending machine.

Working with TOMRA, one of the network operators for the Containers for Change deposit scheme, the initiative will help the Sanctuary reduce the number of containers in general waste.

Chair for the sustainability and innovation committee, Fabrice Miller, said sustainability is a key focus at Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary.


“One of our sustainability committee goals here at our Sanctuary is to increase environmental awareness by using concepts such as closing the loop and also increasing recycling awareness,” he said.

“This initiative helps us do just that and if the public choose to help us by using the reverse vending machine here at the sanctuary, then we will certainly be able to achieve our goal.”

Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary Torma Container Collection

Torma Container Collection | PHOTO: Supplied by Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary

Mr Miller said the partnership with TOMRA is two-fold, it will help the environment and raise funds to be reinvested into the Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary’s sustainability initiatives.

“Funds collected from the containers donated will be directly used to engage in further onsite environmental projects at the Sanctuary, involving local communities and other organisations.”

Since the installation, the Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary has collected over 500 cans, plastic and glass bottles from the reverse vending machine.

As well as using the container refund scheme reverse vending machine on site at Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary, people also have the option for a limited time to donate to the Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary directly through TOMRA Varsity Lakes.

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