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Coca-Cola Amatil has said it is interested in working with the Victorian Government following its latest decision to introduce a container deposit and refund scheme across the state.

The beverages industry has been appointed scheme coordinator for each of the established schemes in the country, with Amatil supporting container deposit schemes in every state and territory.

In South Australia, Amatil has been the scheme coordinator for 40 years. The company said it recognises that container deposit schemes “improve purity of the material and avoid rubbish contamination, making the material better for recycling”.

“We would like to work with the Victorian Government to ensure the container deposit scheme maximises collection rates and recycling and minimises impact on consumers and the industry,” Coca-Cola Amatil Australia managing director Peter West said.

“We are very keen to make this container deposit scheme work. When we sell a bottle, we want it to be a bottle again – and again. Container deposit schemes are the best way to support the recycling industry.

“We’re pro-collection and support a circular economy for packaging materials. We’re a market leader in the use of recycled materials, and always looking to do more.”

In 2019, Amatil said it was on track to meet its sustainable packaging goals, with seven out of 10 plastic bottles made from 100 per cent recycled plastic.

The company also entered a Heads of Agreement with resource management leader Veolia Australia and New Zealand in November, to potentially establish a recycling plant in Australia, focusing on recycling PET plastic.

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