Victoria’s Container Deposit Scheme

Some may, or may not, have heard of Victoria’s Container Deposit Scheme. It is set to commence on the 1st of November and essentially allows you to recycle cans and bottles in return for 10 cents.

This has turned into an amazing learning opportunity for my kids.

We already subscribe to the “Take 3 For the Sea” philosophy. When you go to the beach you bring home 3 pieces of rubbish, we incorporate that into whenever we go anywhere.

There are 4 great things about the new scheme that I’m excited to teach my kids.

  1. Sustainability: The obvious one is protecting the environment and living our life a little more sustainably.
  2. Work ethic: My children are still young so collecting bottles for 10 cents is big money for them and they are excited to collect as many as they can. This includes annoying all our relatives for theirs.
  3. Saving: We are saving the money we earn for “something big.” My little boy is saving to build a house to the moon so he is going to need to collect a few bottles.
  4. Donations: This is something we do with our kids already, but it can be done automatically at the depots too. We let our kids put a chosen percentage of their money into a donation of their choice. We let them choose the amount. It is always on the shy side of savings but at least they are learning to help others with a portion of their income.

There are some amazing opportunities for lessons with this new scheme so I hope it lasts, otherwise, I get the feeling I’m going to buy a lot of cans and bottles for 10 cents.

Depot Locations:

1. Alfred Square – 1/61 Curtis Street, Ballarat Central, VIC, 3350
2. McCallum – 8-14 Butt Street, Canadian, VIC, 3350
3. Ballarat Regional Industries Sebastopol – 108 Walker Street Sebastopol, Vic 3356
4. McCallum Wendouree – 21 Coronet Street, Wendouree, Vic, 3355
5. Eureka Homemakers Centre – 101 Learmonth Road, Wendouree, VIC, 3355
6. FoodWorks Buninyong – 310-312 Learmonth Street, Buninyong, Vic, 3357

1. The Hub – 68 Albert Street, Creswick, Vic, 3363

1. Daylesford Industrial Estate – 37-39 East Street, Daylesford, Vic, 3460

1. Asteria Services – 64-68 Nelson Street, Maryborough, Vic, 3465
2. Waste Recyclers of Victoria – 12 Madmans Lane, Flagstaff, Vic, 3465

1. Ararat Council Car Park – 34 Lambert Street, Ararat, Vic, 3377

1. Carey Covers – 62 Burgh Street, Stawell, Vic, 3380

1. Beaufort Rural – 13-15 Havelock Street, Beaufort, Vic, 3373

1. Pakington Stand – 95-103 Pakington Street, Geelong, VIC, 3218
2. The Geelong Try Boys’ Bridgade – 501 Ryrie Street, East Geelong, Vic, 3220
3. City of Geelong Bowls Club – 7-9 Ballarat Road, Geelong North, Vic, 3215
4. Coles High Street – 158-162a High Street, Belmont, Vic, 3216
5. Geelong United Basketball Group – 20 Crows Road, Belmont, Vic, 3216
6. Newcomb Central Shopping Centre – 71 Bellarine Highway, Newcomb, Vic, 3219
7. Brotherhood of St. Laurence – 6 Haworth Street, Breakwater, Vic, 3219
8. Barrabool Hills Plaza – 36 Province Boulevard, Highton, Vic, 3216
9. Recycle 4 Change – 116-122 Furner Avenue, Bell Park, Vic, 3215
10. Cleanaway Buckley Grove Moolap Depot – 61-65 Buckley Grove, Moolap, Vic, 3224
11. Leisurelink Aquatic Sports Reserve – 240 Pioneer Road, Waurn Ponds, Vic, 3216
12. Norlane Community House – 39A Rose Avenue, Norlane, Vic, 3214
13. Leisuretime Sports Precinct – 262-282 Anakie Road, Norlane, Vic, 3214
14. Corio Fruit Market – 110 Cox Road, Corio, Vic, 3214
15. Corio Village – 83A Purnell Road, Corio, Vic, 3214

Bellarine / Surfcoast
1. Gateway Plaza Leopold – 659 Bellarine Highway, Leopold, Vic, 3224
2. Kingston Village Square – 122-160 Grubb Road, Ocean Grove, Vic, 3226
3. Epichealth Medical Clinic – 39-41 Fenwick Street, Portarlington, Vic, 3223
4. Bells Beach Brewery – Shed 2, 22 Baines Cresent, Torquay, Vic, 3228
5. Aireys Inlet Pub – 45 Great Ocean Road, Aireys Inlet, Vic, 3231
6. Lorne Foodworks – 1-3 Great Ocean Road, Lorne, Vic, 3232

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