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Environmental education for local schools

The City of Whittlesea in partnership with our kerbside garbage and recycling services contractor work with local primary and secondary schools to educate students about the importance of waste minimisation and recycling.

From 2021 waste minimisation and recycling themed education sessions will be available to schools both virtually and in-classroom. The specific needs for the delivery of the learning content will be discussed with each school on a case by case basis.

The education sessions are designed for primary and secondary school students. All sessions run for approximately 45 minutes and include a presentation and interactive activity.

 

Topics available for primary schools include: 

Reduce, reuse, recycle

This interactive session introduces the concept of the reduce, reuse, recycle principles and looks at how to practice these principles at school and at home. Students will learn what happens to their recycling and issues with contamination are also discussed.

Worms and compost

Delve into the wonderful world of worms and compost critters! Students will learn the difference between a worm farm and compost bin and how to look after one at home or school.

Litter in the environment

Where does litter come from and where does it go? Students will have a discussion on the origins of litter and its effects on the local and natural environment.

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 to practice in a simulated supermarket.

Waste audits

Students gain an appreciation of how much waste they produce and the importance of waste minimisation. They will develop skills to help them minimise their waste and recycle correctly at home and at school.

 

Topics available for secondary schools include:

Litter audit

Students will consider the different forms of littering, why it happens and its consequences on the environment. By conducting a litter audit within the school grounds, students can identify any problem areas and patterns of behaviour.

Organics recycling

Students will explore issues associated with food waste and the importance of keeping organic waste out of landfill. Students will also learn the difference between composting and worm farming and how easy it is to set up and maintain each system.

Life cycle analysis

By taking a closer look at everyday shopping items, students will explore the resource inputs involved in each stage of a product's life cycle from production through to disposal.

Waste audits

Students gain an appreciation of how much waste they produce and the importance of waste minimisation. They will develop skills to help minimise their waste and recycle correctly at home and at school.

 

Contact us 

If your school is interested in booking an education session, please contact wasterecycling@whittlesea.vic.gov.au.