Waste and Recycling

1: Waste & Recycling
2: The 3 Bin System
3: Waste Audit 
4: Become a Waste Wise School
9: Face Your Waste: Reduce, Reuse & Recycle (Coming 2020)
10: Other


1: Waste & Recycling

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.

Duration: 40 minutes
Appropriate for: School and Community Groups. All ages
Requirements: School groups: maximum 40 students - one class per session, .. A minimum of 6 x 6 metre undercover space.
Community groups: Minimum of 20 – maximum of 60 adults in each group.


2: The 3 Bin System

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.
The exact make-up of the visit will depend on student (class) numbers and will be developed in consultation with the school. The visit may include:
  • School assembly, with a talk on the 3 bin system
  • Workshops (preferably to Year 4/5 class groups) that may include a waste audit, talk, activities and games
  • Display to support assembly and workshops but also available for other class groups/parents/teachers to view during recess, lunchtimes and times without workshops
  • Take home material and information for parents.
  • Waste and recycling information presented in Option 1.
  • Duration: 40 minutes
    Appropriate for: School program. Preferably to Year 4/5 class groups. Other age groups by consultation.
    Requirements: One class per session,
    A minimum of 6 x 6 metre undercover space.
 

3: Waste Audit 

This activity is to assess the school’s landfill waste and to advise and help implement steps to reduce it.
Activity:
Step 1 – Waste bins are emptied out onto the floor
Step 2: Items are sorted into 10 categories
Step 3: Results counted / weighed
Step 4: Options for waste reduction discussed
Duration: 60 minutes. To be held after lunchtime.
Appropriate for: Year 4 and above. One class ONLY
Requirements:  Collect all landfill items from waste bins from the school grounds. An undercover area (out of the wind) 6X6 space. School population number.
Classroom teacher to attend (as follow up activity will be required)


4: Become a Waste Wise School

Is your school a Waste Wise school or would you like to be one?
Step 1 - A waste audit of the school bins can take place so teachers and students get an understanding of the waste the school is producing
Step 2: Discuss and implement ways to improve the waste generated 
Step 3: Become a Waste Wise school. This can occur just through the good work your school is doing or make it official and apply to become an accredited Waste Wise School through the State Waste Wise Schools program.
Duration: Waste audit 60 minutes. To be held after lunchtime.
Appropriate for: Year 4 and above. One class ONLY
Requirements:  Collect all landfill items from waste bins from the school grounds. An undercover area (out of the wind) 6X6 space. School population number.
Classroom teacher to attend (as follow up activity will be required)
MRC will tabulate the results and Waste Wise schools will return the results and suggestions for further action.
 
Link to Waste Wise schools here
 
All of these 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.

9: Face Your Waste: Reduce, Reuse & Recycle (Coming 2020)

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.

Duration: 40 minutes
Appropriate for: School and Community Groups. All ages
Requirements: School groups: maximum 40 students. A minimum of 6 x 6 metre undercover space.
Community groups: Minimum of 20 – maximum of 60 adults in each group.
 
All of these 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.
 

10: Other

If you have a specific area of interest, we can offer tailored solutions. 

Contact

Please contact the MRC Waste Education team to discuss our talks, demonstrations and workshop options and to make a booking.

Telephone: 9306 6303
Email: wasteed@mrc.wa.gov.au
 
Last Updated: 9 Oct 2019
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