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 6 different waste education sessions which can be adapted for preschool to Year 10 students. A maximum of 40 free waste education sessions are available per year. Individual or multi-class sessions can be arranged. To ensure fair access across the municipality only one free session will be available per learning institution per year.

The following sessions will be available to schools, kindergartens and early learning centres. Bookings can be made directly with the session provider.

Recycling sessions

1. School incursions

These 45 minute recycling education incursions are delivered by Visy. Designed to help students form a broader understanding of why recycling is important and what happens to their recyclables once they leave the kerbside.

They will be taken on a virtual journey through the recycling plant and explore how different materials are sorted and what they are made into at the end of the process.

Bookings can be made by emailing Visy's Education Coordinator to arrange a session.

Class size can range from 20 to 100 students, please discuss requirements with the Education Coordinator when making your booking.

2. School excursions

The Rethink Centre in Heidelberg offers a host of educative and entertaining programs for all age groups that explore how we are ‘Living in a Material World’.

Multimedia, presenter-led experiential activities guide groups through the waste minimisation hierarchy of Avoid, Reduce, Reuse, Recycle and show how these actions help achieve environmental sustainability.

This program also offers a glimpse inside a Recycling Facility whereby all attendees will have the chance to stand on a viewing platform and see the machines which are used to sort and separate recyclables.

Please visit Banyule Council's Rethink Centre for more information about the different session types. Tours are free, but schools must provide return bus transport. Bookings can be made by emailing Visy's education co-ordinator to arrange a session.

Waste avoidance, waste audit, litter and composting sessions

The following sessions are delivered by Envirocom and run for 30 minutes for a maximum of 30 students. Sessions on the following five topics can be booked by emailing Envirocom.

1. Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

Students will be introduced to the three Rs - Reduce, Reuse, Recycle allowing them to identify opportunities to reduce their material usage while encouraging them to reuse materials for other purposes. Students will also be introduced to the concept of waste disposal and learn about the importance of recycling correctly. An exciting relay game allows participants to test their newly gained knowledge.

Bookings for Reduce, Reuse, Recycle sessions can be made by emailing Envirocom.

2. Litter Detectives

Where does litter come from and where does it go? Students will have a discussion on the origins of litter and its effects on our local and natural environment. This will be followed by a walk around the school to identify problem litter areas in the school grounds or an interactive story about litter moving through the environment. Students will have the opportunity to brainstorm solutions to help reduce litter.

These sessions are great to have around the time of Clean Up Australia Day, with a focus on why students might be involved in a litter clean up, the impact of various types of litter and why it is important to keep our environment clean and free of pollution.

Bookings for Litter Detectives sessions can be made by emailing Envirocom.

3. Nude food - rubbish free lunches

This session explores the volume of waste that can be produced by the everyday school lunch. It can assist students and teahcers to prepare for Nude Food days. Not only does this session help reduce the school's waste and litter, it can also help promote healthy eating through curriculum based activities.

Bookings for Nude Food sessions can be made by emailing Envirocom.

4. Worms and composting

Delve into the wonderful world of worms and compost critters! Students will learn the difference between a compost bin and a worm farm and learn to look after one at home or school. Students get the chance to get an up close look at worms and other critteres that live in the complex compost community. Sessions cover the benefits of composting food waste as a way to reduce waste going to landfill.

Bookings for Worms and Composting sessions can be made by emailing Envirocom.

5. Waste Wise shopping

Students will learn the reasons behind waste wise shopping while also learning how to reduce waste by changing purchasing patterns at home. The concept of product lifecycle is explained and how buying certain types of products can help save both the environment and money. examples are used to show differences in packaging, before students get the chance to put their new knowledge into practice in a simulated supermarket.

Bookings for Waste Wise Shopping sessions can be made by emailing Envirocom.

6. Waste audit

Waste audits are a great way for schools to gain an understanding of their waste practices and identify ways to reduce waste. Students will collect a sample of waste from the school bins and sort this into categories according to material type. Each category will be weighed, with the data used to determine a waste profile and an estimation of the school's total waste generation. This information will be used to assist students to assess the school's current waste practices and develop a waste minimisation action plan. Participating schools will receive a summary report containing audit results, recommendations and observations and the waste minimisation actions suggested by students throughout the audit. Session runs for 1 - 1.5 hours. Maximum 30 students.

Bookings for Waste Audit sessions can be made by emailing Envirocom.

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.