Victoria’s Container Deposit Scheme celebrates NAIDOC Week 2024 by highlighting the vital contribution that Indigenous Australians make to the scheme.

NAIDOC (National Aboriginal and Islanders Day Observance Committee) Week celebrates the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples


In the CDS Vic North Zone, Visy partners with Indigenous-owned recycler Envirobank, who manages seven high-speed depots on Wurundjeri, Dja Dja Wurrung and Taungurung lands. 

The depots at Epping, Kilmore, Kangaroo Flat, Rowville, Nunawading, East Bendigo and Preston provide local communities with a site to return their containers and participate in the scheme.

Founder and proud Jagera woman Narelle Anderson says the scheme illustrates how modern recycling techniques can seamlessly merge with traditional Indigenous knowledge, enhancing environmental sustainability and cultural depth. 

"Caring for Country transcends environmental conservation; it involves integrating the deep cultural insights of First Nations peoples into our daily operations," she said.

"This NAIDOC Week, we are committed to not only improving ecological health but also reinforcing and honouring the cultural connections that have sustained us for millennia."

Visy’s General Manager CDS Tim O'Donnell says we’re fortunate to have partnered with Envirobank, who are dedicated to helping people recycle and create a sustainable future.