Council’s Waste Education Team wish to support your school to reduce waste, increase recycling and educate students on the environmental and health issues surrounding waste.

The Litter Bug and Lisa the Litter Guard play

To celebrate Plastic Free July, Council is offering the play performed by the Eaton Gorge Theatre Company for free to primary schools.

In recent years there has been an exponential increase in the amount of single use plastics ending up in our waterways and landfill. This play highlights the part we can all play in keeping our beaches plastic free.

If you are interested please email Participation is limited, please book early. 

Excursions and incursions

Kimbriki Recycling and Resource Centre excursion

Kimbriki's passionate eco gardeners will cover composting, worms, soil, importance of recycling food waste at home and school, waste management and how students can make a difference to protect our natural environment. Included is a tour of Kimbriki's waste and recycling facilities.

Council will provide up to 2 buses/school/year for these excursions.

This program is suitable for primary and secondary students (Year 1 to Year 12)

How to book

1) first book your excursion with Kimbriki

2) then book your buses with Waste Education

Spaces are limited so book early!

School canteens Swap for Good

Council offers a program to support your school canteen in the move away from single-use plastic.

Swap for Good includes personal support and assistance, information on alternative materials, education, resources, sustainable supplier lists, events and collaboration opportunities – all with the aim of providing ideas, solutions and alternatives to single-use plastics.

Plastic-free school canteen webinar

A guide to a plastic-free school canteen webinar was held on 19 November 2019.

The Litter Bug and Lisa the Litter Guard booklet

Follow Lisa the Litter Guard as she helps the Litter Bug learn about waste on the Northern Beaches. This 20 page booklet includes questions and activities and is suitable for primary age students.

Swap This For That

You may want to adopt our Swap This For That Campaign and encourage students to take The Pledge to reduce their personal use of single-use plastic.

Clean Up Australia - Schools Clean Up Day

Inspire students to learn about the impact of rubbish on their local environment while playing an active role in their community. Teachers and students can work together to clean up an area like a playground or local park.

Register your school’s clean up event at Clean Up Australia’s website.

Environmental documentaries – educational screening licences available

The following award winning documentaries highlight the impacts of plastic pollution and offer solutions. Council can provide educational screening licences for these documentaries to Northern Beaches Schools.

Rubber Jellyfish – We all know that throwing rubbish on the ground is littering, so why is letting a balloon float away seen as something different? Rubber Jellyfish is a feature-length documentary that explores the effects of helium balloons on the environment, wildlife and human beings. Watch the trailer.

A Plastic Ocean – An adventure documentary shot on more than 20 locations over the past 4 years. Explorers Craig Leeson and Tanya Streeter and a team of international scientists reveal the causes and consequences of plastic pollution and share solutions. Watch the trailer.  DVD can be borrowed from Waste Education.

2040  – 2040 depicts a story that focuses on the best solutions available to us to improve our planet and regenerate the world. ‘The future can’t be predicted, but it can be envisioned and brought lovingly into being.’ – Donella Meadows.  Watch the trailer. DVD can be borrowed from Waste Education.

Council resources

Other resources

More information

Contact our waste education team for more information.

Swap for Good – Canteen Program

Our Swap for Good program can support your school canteen towards eliminating single-use plastic.