School and early learning waste education

Council provides a range of free waste education programs for primary and secondary schools within Maroondah both online and in person.

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.

Primary and Secondary School Incursions - 2024

Schools are eligible for one full day of incursions per school. This equates to five or six sessions per day dependent on your schools timetable. All sessions are run with a maximum of 30 students per session and a teacher is required to stay with the class for the duration of the session.

Our Waste Education Officer can also come and speak at a school or year level assembly or run a session with staff. If you are interested in an assembly or staff presentation please contact Council’s Waste Education Officer.

Download the School Waste Education Program brochure(PDF, 709KB)

Book an incursion

Term 1 - Monday 18 March to Friday 22 March 2024

Please submit your booking request for Term 1 by Friday 1 March 2024.

Term 1 - school incursion - book online

Term 2 - Monday 22 April to Friday 26 April 2024

Please submit your booking request for Term 2 by Monday 15 April 2024.

Term 2 - school incursion - book online

Further information

Composting resources and requests

Complete our composting request form to access free resources, such as caddy stickers, for your school.

We have also created a composting and worm farm activity that you can use in your classroom.

Composting fact sheet(PDF, 467KB)

Worm farm junior activity sheet(PDF, 224KB)

School composting junior activity sheet(PDF, 194KB)

Composting upper primary activity sheet(PDF, 188KB)

Worm farm upper primary activity sheet(PDF, 2MB)

Lesson ideas for composting systems in schools(PDF, 188KB)

Find out more about different composting systems on our composting page.

Early Learning Centres (ELC)

All Maroondah based Early Learning Centres (ELCs) are eligible to receive a 1-on-1 workshop with Council’s Waste Education Officer to assist in improving their waste management practices.

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

ELC Staff Development Program

Staff from 16 Early Learning Centre’s and Kindergartens within Maroondah recently participated in a three-week waste education staff development program.

The staff development program included three information sessions, with a different topic presented each week. Participating Centre’s were also provided with a suite of resources to assist them in reducing waste and improving recycling.

Testimonials

“It was very informative great support and communication via email. I learned a lot about recycling and composting” - EACH Child, East Ringwood

“The trouble shooting was great for the composting bins too, so we are now aware of what each of our composting bins are in need of” - North Ringwood Community Children’s Centre

“Learnt lots of new things, such great PD’s” - Pooh Bears House, Croydon North

If you would like to register your interest for future development program opportunities, please contact Council’s Waste Education Officer.

ResourceSmart Schools

If your school is currently completing a waste module for your ResourceSmart accreditation, contact Council's Waste Education Officer for any additional support.

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