Important Update: In light of the COVID-19 virus outbreak, as a precautionary measure we are postponing our waste education activities until further notice and will not be taking bookings at this time. This includes our visits to schools, community groups and businesses; tours of Tamala Park and our Resource Recovery Facility; and our Earth Carers program. This is in line with State and Federal advice to limit non-essential gatherings in an effort to slow the spread of the virus.
The MRC can visit your school group, business or service organisation to provide free talks, demonstrations and workshops to those with a keen interest in learning more about waste management issues.
The aim of the talks, demonstrations and workshops is to educate the community about the waste hierarchy and the impact they can have on improving waste outcomes. This includes educating the community on the importance of producing less waste; placing things in the right bin and how to best manage problematic waste streams, ones that don’t go in any bin.
All visiting staff are experienced presenters and hold a Working with Children check.
Talks, Demonstrations & Workshops
Where does your household rubbish go? It is more than just in the bin. This session takes a look at where things can or should go when we don’t need them anymore.
The Cities of Joondalup, Stirling and the Town of Cambridge all have a 3-bin system. Other councils will be following soon. Learn about how a 3-bin system operates.
This activity is to assess the school’s landfill waste and to advise and help implement steps to reduce it.
4: Nude Your Food
Nude Your Food is a waste education program that focuses on reducing school waste. The program is a hands on interactive program to encourage students to get involved with packing a sustainable and healthy lunch box.
5: Battery Assembly
Would your school like to be part of the ‘Battery Collection Program’? Your school can either launch or reinvigorate a battery collection program within the school by having a battery assembly. A brief engaging talk to promote the recycling of batteries and discuss what batteries can be recycled and what happens to them once they have been disposed of.
6: Wonderful World of Worms
Earthworms are natures great recyclers of organic waste turning food and garden wastes into a nutrient rich soil, every gardener’s dream. Discover these fascinating creatures through discussion and images regarding the characteristics of earthworms, looking at how they live, work and play. There is also the opportunity to look at worms up close.
Optional extra - Worm Farm Set Up
We provide a free recycled fridge to use as a worm farm.
Four options are available, looking at what is compost and how we make it, plus the chance to make compost and use it to make a small garden at home, at school or in the community.
The best thing we can do is not produce waste in the first place. With reference to the waste hierarchy you look at the waste you produce and practical and innovative ways you can avoid waste.
Activities take approximately 40 to 60 minutes to complete.
It is preferred in a school setting that the presenter addresses multiple classes during the visit, with a minimum of 3 sessions, one class per session.
If you have a specific area of interest, we can offer tailored solutions. Please contact the MRC Waste Education team to discuss our talks, demonstrations and workshop options and to make a booking.