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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.

Excursions and incursions

We offer schools a choice of excursions and incursions, each of which are current, interactive and inspiring.

Please note there is limited availability, so book early to avoid missing out!

Each school may request one of the following three programs.

1. Waste Audit - This is a great option for those schools wanting to get baseline data on the quantity and composition of waste produced by the school. Students get hands on with sorting the waste into separate categories (landfill, recycling, compost etc.), all equipment is provided. We discuss alternatives to single use plastic, e.g. reusable containers instead of plastic zip lock bags. Students contribute ideas to be incorporated into a waste reduction action plan for the school.

In addition, the Waste Education Officers will engage with the School Canteen to register with Swap for Good to identify at least one single-use plastic item than can be eliminated.

Schools who select this option must commit to conducting a follow up audit within 6 months to show the impact of the changes they have made. Most suitable for year 4 – year 6 primary school students and secondary students. Max one audit/school.

2. Kimbriki Resource Recovery Centre Tour - Council will provide buses for a tour of Kimbriki Resource Recovery Centre. Students will see the that Kimbriki is a busy operating facility with large trucks and loaders and huge quantities of recycled materials. They will learn about composting, worms, soil, waste management and how they can make a difference to protect our natural environment from Kimbriki’s passionate Senior Eco Gardener and teacher – Peter Rutherford. Suitable for primary and secondary students (Year 1 to Year 12). Max of 2 buses/school.  This program is available from July - Dec 2020.

3. DIY Beeswax Food Wraps- Plastic wrap is usually used once and thrown away - so harmful for our environment! Learn how to make a beeswax wrap to store leftover food and lunches and the importance of bees in our environment. Each student will take home a beeswax wrap they have made. 

In addition, students will think about how their School Canteen could complete a Swap for Good Action Plan to reduce single-use plastic.

Most suitable for year 6 primary school students and secondary students. Max of 3 one hour workshops/school, up to 30 students/workshop.

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 focusses 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.

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.

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.

Council resources

Other resources

More information

Contact our waste education team for more information.