Theodore Primary School P&C has been recognised for its recycling efforts, receiving the runners-up award in the Canberra Times ACT
The ACT CDS is a great way to teach students about recycling while raising funds for your school.
Under the ACT CDS, your school is able to recycle eligible drink containers and receive a 10c refund for each container deposited at one of our return points.
Every container returned is diverted from becoming litter or landfill and instead becomes a valuable resource.
Empower students to take action and encourage positive recycling behaviours, and to improve awareness about recycling and litter reduction within your school community.
Rally your school community, families and supporters to donate their refund to your school or Parents and Citizens Association and support your fundraising initiatives.
How to recycle with ACT CDS
Collect eligible drink containers
Your eligible containers need to be empty and the ‘10c’ symbol needs to be visible so we can determine the container is eligible for a refund.
Remove and dispose of the lids before returning containers, and uncrushed cans and plastic bottles are preferred. Learn more about eligible containers.
Drop off your containers
There are many return points located across the ACT. Each type of return point offers different refunds options. Find out where your nearest return point is.
Pick up 10c for each container you return or donate to your school
Download the ACT CDS Fundraising Toolkit to help promote your school’s recycling and fundraising initiatives.
Educate your students on how to recycle through the scheme
The ACT container deposit scheme is proud to partner with Cool Australia to deliver free curriculum-linked resources for Early Learning and primary school students. Download the ACT CDS school resources to teach children about how recycling through the scheme benefits the environment and your school.
Free preschool and primary school
resources now available
We are proud to partner with Cool Australia to deliver free teaching resources on sustainability and recycling for Early Learning through to Year 6. These curriculum-linked resources for ACT teachers provide practical ways to engage students on sustainability and recycling and support schools’ participation in the scheme.
Stories from our schools
Local business Aspen Medical and St Jude’s Primary School team up to help Kenyan school children through bottle recycling
Maricel Giorgioni from Aspen Medical is working with her colleagues and local schools to raise money for charity by collecting