Waste and recycling presentations

Our Waste and Recycling Education officers are available to visit schools to present our Recycling Revolution programs: a range of interactive and entertaining sessions on waste minimisation and resource management.

If you would like to book an education program or find out more information, contact our Waste and Recycling Education team:

Mad about worms
Worms & worm composting
Note: only for centres with or setting up a worm farm
Early years
It’s not a load of rubbish!
Using our kerbside bins
Early years
OSHC
Beyond the Bin
Where the waste goes
Early years – middle primary
Every litter bit hurts
Littering, dumping and marine debris
Early years – middle primary
FBI Investigations
Fungi, bacteria and intertebrates in composting
Middle - upper primary
Nude your food
Waste free lunches
Middle - upper primary
Ready! Packaged or not
History of Packaging
Middle - upper primary

 

Beyond the Bin

Where the waste goes     

Early years – middle primary        

Where does all the stuff go when the bin has been emptied?
Students review what goes in which bin then follow the journey of the contents of the three kerbside bins.

They will also learn more about the processes involved in recovering and composting the contents of the recycling and green organics bins, what the materials are recycled into and how they are used. This loops the discussion back to why it is important to put the right thing in the bin.

 

Every litter bit hurts

Littering, Dumping & Marine debris           

Early years – upper primary         

This lesson is designed to raise student’s awareness of the growing problem of litter and dumping. Students will be introduced to the different types of litter, what happens to litter after it is dropped and how it enters our waterways and oceans.

They will also learn about the problems associated with litter and marine debris in our creeks and oceans – the danger to wildlife and people. Students will also consider how to tackle the problem of marine litter at individual and community levels and how to educate others about the problem of marine litter.

 

FBI Investigation

Fungi, Bacteria and Invertebrates in composting

Middle - upper primary    

In this session students will learn how soil organisms recycle organic wastes through composting.  They will come to understand that in nature, soil organisms like Fungus, Bacteria and Invertebrates digest organic material such as leaves, dead plants and animals.

Students will then be introduced to the basic differences between a worm farm and a compost bin and their importance in helping to reduce organic waste and keeping it out of landfill. Students will learn how these systems work and how to look after one at home or school.

They will also have the opportunity to get up close and personal with the worms and see how a worm farm operates.

 

It’s not a load of rubbish!

Using our kerbside bins    

Early years & OSCH         

Get kids involved from the start with recycling, reducing and reusing.

In this session, children are introduced to the kerbside three-bin system, the basics of what goes in which bin and the purpose of recycling.

This session includes a hands-on sorting activity.

 

Mad about worms

Worms & worm composting         

Early years         

Children are introduced to the vital role worms play in decomposing organic matter – in particular the children’s lunchtime leftovers! They will learn about food composting, what they can and cannot feed worms and how to help look after their worm farm.

This session includes an up-close worm investigation.

 

Nude your food

Waste free lunches

Middle - upper primary    

Students will learn how our daily activities can have an impact on the environment and the small steps everyone can take to reduce this impact. 

This session focuses on building greater understandings about the effect that food choices have on the health of our environment. Students will gain a greater understanding of the terms reduce, reuse, recycle, compost, landfill, waste and litter. 

Students will be asked to analyse a selection of lunch box items to identify opportunities to reduce their waste and discuss steps they can take.

 

Ready! Packaged or Not

History of packaging

Middle - upper primary    

This session is designed to raise student awareness of the history and purposes of packaging. Students will be introduced to the functions of packaging and its environmental impacts by discussing the types of materials used for packaging.

In this session students will develop an understanding of the benefits and costs of packaging and will be encouraged to critically examine the various aspects of packaging including the environmental value of recycled packaging. 

Students will consider issues associated with packaging when making their personal purchasing choices whilst also considering the importance of recyclable packaging as an environmental friendly industry.

 

Recycle More, Recycle Right

The kerbside bin system and other council waste management services       

Adults –Community & Businesses  

It’s not just kids who want to learn about which bin to put it in!

This session reviews what goes in our kerbside bins, what can be recycled via other programs and council’s other waste and recycling services. A great opportunity to ask questions about those tricky things you’ve wanted to dispose of but weren’t sure how.

Presentation includes a hand-on icebreaker designed to get the questions started!

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