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School and community waste education


Council offers a range of free waste education initiatives including waste minimisation and recycling workshops, composting workshops, waste and recycling competitions, and educational presentations for schools and community groups.

School waste education

Council provides a range of free waste education programs for primary and secondary schools within Maroondah. Each session engages students on the issues of waste and the impacts landfills have on our environment. Students will identify the importance of reducing waste by recycling and composting and learn about how to reduce the amount of waste we produce on a daily basis.

Topics delivered include:

  • Reduce, Reuse, Recycle
  • worms and compost
  • litter in our environment
  • rubbish free lunches
  • waste-wise shopping.

If you would like to arrange a waste education incursion for your class, please contact Council’s Waste Education Officer

Waste education brochures

School Waste Education Program brochure  (pdf, 883KB)

School Waste Education Program brochure  (docx, 16KB)

Early Learning Centers

All Maroondah based Early Learning Centres (ELCs) who have not previously attended an ELC PD workshop (conducted from 2014 - 2016) are eligible to receive a 1-on-1 workshop with Council’s Waste Education Officer to assist in improving their waste management practices. The centre will also receive an ELC waste education kit and support resources.

For more information, please contact Council’s Waste Education Officer.

Further resources

Community education

Maroondah City Council hosts a range of community waste and recycling workshops within the municipality each year. Workshop places are limited and booking is essential.

For more information or to register for a workshop, follow the event links provided below.

Beginners Compost, Worm Farm and Bokashi Workshops

Come along to one of these free workshops for some great tips on:

  • how to recycle your food scraps
  • how to set-up and maintain an organics recycling system at home
  • how to troubleshoot any issues with your compost bin, worm farm or Bokashi bucket.

Workshop 1:

Saturday 17 March 10.30am-12pm

Book workshop 1

Workshop 2:

Friday 11 May 10.30am-12pm 

Book workshop 2

Declutter and Simplify Life Workshop – Tanya Lewis

Thursday 12 April

6.30 – 8pm

How would you feel if every room in your house was organised, making it easy to find things?

“A place for everything and everything in its place”.  Room by room learn how to Reduce, Reuse and Recycle for a simpler life.

Come along to this free workshop and you’ll learn practical tips to organise your home and life.

Book Declutter and simplify workshop

Declutter to Reduce Food Waste Workshop – Tanya Lewis

Tuesday 26 June

10am – 11.30am

How much money do you waste on food you buy and don’t eat? Are the pantry shelves groaning with food, but you still cannot find anything to eat? 

Come along to this free workshop and you’ll learn how to de clutter to save time, money and reduce food waste

Book Declutter to reduce food waste workshop

Waste minimisation

Monday 16 July

6pm – 7.30pm

Have you ever stopped to think about just how much waste you or your family produces every day? The average Maroondah household throws away 13kg of waste every week – that’s over 600kg per year!

Come along to Council’s FREE workshop to learn about the issues with waste and learn gain some knowledge about how to begin reducing your waste.

Book Waste minimisation

Food waste avoidance

Tuesday 21 August

10am – 11.30am

Come along to this free workshop for some great tips on:

  • Meal planning in minutes
  • Food storage tips and making food last
  • How to save money on your food bills
  • Examples of meals using common foods that are wasted
  • Smart cooking tips and kitchen tools for easy cooking.

Book Food waste avoidance

Upcycle it!

Tuesday 25 September


Upcycling, also known as creative reuse, is the process of transforming by-products, waste materials, useless and/or unwanted products into new materials or products of better quality or for better environmental value.

Join us for our family friendly, school holiday workshop and transform an old t-shirt into a reusable tote bag!

Book Upcycle it

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