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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, online webinars, waste and recycling competitions, and educational presentations for schools and community groups.

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.

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)

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.

Council hosts a range of community waste and recycling webinars within the municipality each year.

Please keep an eye out for future webinars and workshops updated to this page, or sign up to our waste event email notification list for updates. 

Online webinars

Online webinars are now available, see details below for dates and times of online webinars and how to book. Please keep an eye out for future webinars updated on this page.  

Plastic Free July online events - June and July

Plastic Free July® helps millions of people be part of the solution to plastic pollution. This helps to ensure we can have cleaner streets, oceans, and beautiful communities by choosing to refuse single-use plastics. To support people to reduce plastic waste learn what others are doing on their journey.  

Workshop Details Date Time Location

Plastic Free July: Community in Action


Join this online discussion between Rebecca Prince-Ruiz, founder of Plastic Free July and Sarah Wilson, Australian journalist and television presenter.

They'll be discussing inspiring examples of community action and how to take action yourself.

Instagram live event

Thursday 24 June 11am Online

Beginners' guide to zero waste living


Minimalism and zero waste living are Anita Vandyke’s (aka @rocket_science) mantras and the goals she works towards every day. She will encourage and inspire you with tips for the small steps you can make towards reducing your plastic waste consumption.

Instagram live event

Sunday 27 June 11am Online

Cook along with@ZeroWasteChef


Join the Zero Waste Chef and go shopping in your own pantry. In this hands-on demo you will make fried rice using ingredients you already have at home.

Registration is essential. Upon registration, participants will be emailed the recipe along with confirmation.

Register here

Saturday 3 July 12pm Online

Plastic Free Baby

Join radio host and comedian Veronica Milsom as she shares tips and stories from her mission to reduce her tiny newborn’s massive waste footprint.

Instagram live event

Tuesday 20 July 7pm Online

For Instagram Live events, there is no need to register, but you will need to have an Instagram account. Just head to the Plastic Free July Instagram page for the live event.

For more information or to join the challenge visit the Plastic Free July web page.  

Reusable Nappies 101 workshop

  • 7pm to 8.30pm
  • Wednesday 18 August 2021
  • Online via Zoom

If you are thinking about venturing down the reusable nappy journey, we have the workshop for you! Almost 4 million disposable nappies are thrown away every day in Australia…think of all that landfill! Most nappies are made of plastic which does not break down, join us if you are interested in reusable nappies to reduce your waste. The team at Darlings Downunder will remove the myths, outline the benefits and advise on how to use cloth nappies successfully. All participants will receive one reusable nappy to trial at home.

Bookings are essential as places are limited.

Register here 

Further information


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