Waste education programs

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We provide a range of waste education sessions for schools, kindergartens and early learning centres. The sessions are designed to educate students about how waste and recycling impact on the environment and how they can reduce their waste at home and at school.

The program consists of 22 different waste education sessions over 8 subject areas for 6 different year groups (from Pre School to Year 10). Each module is curriculum linked and has a series of follow up activities.

A maximum of 30 free waste education sessions are available per year. Individual or multi-class sessions can be provided. To ensure fair access across the municipality only one free session will be available per learning institution per year.

Kindergarten and Early Learning Centre sessions

Kindergartens and Early Learning Centres can book a waste education session for children aged 3 – 5 years. Sessions run for 30 minutes for up to 30 children. Sessions are available on the following topics:

  • Bin Wise: an interactive session that teaches children what waste is, who makes it, where it goes, the effect on their local environment and what they can do to help. Children will learn the materials that can go in each of the kerbside bins, the basic rules of sorting their waste and alternatives to disposal.
  • Worm Farmers: a fun, interactive session that will familiarises children with the concept of worm farming. Children can actively participate in setting up a worm farm or learn how to make and maintain one at home. Students explore the many benefits of worm farming especially as a way of reducing waste going to landfill.

School sessions

Schools can book a waste education session for any grade level from preschool to Year 10. Sessions run for 45 minutes for a maximum of 40 students. Sessions are available on the following topics:

Bin Wise

An interactive session that teaches children what waste is, who makes it, where it goes, the effect it has on their local environment and what they can do to help.

Children will learn the materials that can go in each of the kerbside bins, the basic rules of sorting their waste and alternatives to disposal.

Avoid, Reduce, Reuse and Recycle

An interactive session that asks children to think about what waste they make and why it might be important to reduce it.

Students explore this concept and collaborate to identify actions they can take in their daily lives at school to reduce waste through reusing, recycling, composting and avoiding waste. 

Wasteful vs. Wastewise

An interactive session that teaches children how to reduce their waste through their shopping choices.

Students explore this concept and collaborate to identify actions they can take in their daily lives at home and school to consume less, become more sustainable and reduce their environmental footprint.

Primary Composters

A fun, interactive session that will familiarise children with the concept of composting. Children can actively participate in creating a compost system or learn how to make and maintain one at home.

Students explore the many benefits of composting especially as a way of reducing waste going to landfill.

Worm Farmers

A fun, interactive session that will familiarise children with the concept of worm farming. Children can actively participate in setting up a worm farm or learn how to make and maintain one at home.

Students explore the many benefits of worm farming especially as a way of reducing waste going to landfill.

Waste Trace

An interactive session that explores where our waste comes from in detail and the concept of closed loop recycling.

Students look at natural resources and the local landfill and discover the materials in our waste that are “on loan” and need to be returned for recycling.

Let’s talk trash

An interactive session which educates students on what waste they produce and the process of treatment after it is collected, in particular at the local Waste Management Centre, Materials Recycling Facility and Organics Processing Facility.

Students will discover the natural resources in our waste and the importance of closed-loop recycling.

Compost Fundamentals

An interactive session which familiarises students with the concept of composting and organic waste. Students can actively participate in creating a compost system or learn how to make and maintain one at home.

Students explore the many benefits of composting especially as a way of reducing waste going to landfill.

Visit to a Material Recovery Facility (recycling centre)

Schools have the opportunity to book a one hour tour of Polytrade’s Material Recovery Facility (MRF) in Dandenong. Students can view the receiving area from the education room where they can watch recycling trucks unloading. They can follow the recycling on it's journey through the MRF via CCTV and learn about the recycling process. Tours are free, but schools must provide return bus transport. 

How to book

For further information about our waste education program or to book an education session or an excursion, please call our waste education provider, MRA Consulting, on 9016 3664. Sessions are limited to one per learning institution per year.

Resource Smart Schools

Each year Council provides funding for two schools in Moreland to participate in the waste module of Resource Smart Schools. Resource Smart Schools is an initiative of the Victorian Government and is delivered in schools by CERES.

Contact CERES to enrol in the program or visit Sustainability Victoria for more information.

To enquire about funding for the waste module for your school contact Council.