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Waste Campaign

A huge congratulations to the winning schools of our Waste Campaign in Term 2 2021.

Killara Primary School – winner of the Buddy Bench from Replas and a tour of the Replas Environmental Centre
Auburn South Primary School – winner of a Zero Waste Box™ from TerraCycle
Livingstone Primary School – winner of 10 x Family Sock Packs each containing their own Sock Recycling Satchel from UPPAREL

We will feature a story on our winners in upcoming issues of our School Programs newsletter.
Killara Primary School – Sept 2021 issue
Auburn South Primary School – Oct 2021 issue
Livingstone Primary School – Nov 2021 issue

Here are some helpful resources to assist with learning about waste reduction.

Student Programs
Waste Resources
Our Sponsors

 Waste Student Programs  

Towards Zero Waste – Excursion

Towards Zero Waste – Virtual Excursion

Towards Zero Waste – Incursion Program

 Waste Resources  

Here are some handy resources to help you reduce waste in your school, centre, and at home. Keep visiting as we will be regularly updating this page with helpful documents during our Waste Campaign.

How to recycle with TerraCycle

A how-to guide on joining TerraCycle’s recycling programs, as well as a list of other recommended recycling programs for schools and centres.

Download guide

TerraCycle – What Happens To My Waste?

Once you send your waste to TerraCycle it goes on a journey to become something new. Check out this document with the steps TerraCycle take to give your waste a second life.

Download

TerraCycle – Why Can I Recycle Some Plastics But Not Others?

Recycling can be a confusing business. Here’s an easy guide by TerraCycle about why some things are accepted in your kerbside bin and others aren’t.

Download

Can I put it into the Recycling Bin?

Unsure what your council accepts in their recycling bins? Here’s an easy to follow guide to find out which metro Melbourne councils accept which hard-to-recycle items in their recycling bins.

Download ‘Can I put it in the recycling bin’ guide

Video – At Home Waste Audit

Watch our short video to learn about waste at home, the 5Rs, and how to sort your rubbish into the correct bins. Use our ‘Home Bin Audit sheet’ to find out what types of common items are in your bin, and alternatives to these items to reduce waste.
Suitable for primary

Maximise the video window for better viewing.

Home Bin Audit

How much waste does your house produce every day? Do a waste audit of the bins in your home, you can use our Home Bin Audit sheet to record what you find in the bins. You can make a pie graph from your results! Do any of these common items appear in your rubbish? Sustainability Victoria has some alternatives you might like to use. 

You can also watch this Behind the News clip from the War on Waste. Write up answers to these focus questions and think about how you can reduce waste in your own home

This lesson allows students to explore the waste produced in their home and analyse the collected data through identifying common items in their waste streams and considering how they can reduce these.  (VCSSU073) (VCSSU056)

Download Home Bin Audit sheet

Waste Audit – Teacher Lesson Plan

How to recycle with TerraCycle

A how-to guide on joining TerraCycle’s recycling programs, as well as a list of other recommended recycling programs for schools and centres.

Download guide

TerraCycle – What Happens To My Waste?

Once you send your waste to TerraCycle it goes on a journey to become something new. Check out this document with the steps TerraCycle take to give your waste a second life.

Download

TerraCycle – Why Can I Recycle Some Plastics But Not Others?

Recycling can be a confusing business. Here’s an easy guide by TerraCycle about why some things are accepted in your kerbside bin and others aren’t.

Download

Can I put it into the Recycling Bin?

Unsure what your council accepts in their recycling bins? Here’s an easy to follow guide to find out which metro Melbourne councils accept which hard-to-recycle items in their recycling bins.

Download ‘Can I put it in the recycling bin’ guide

Video – At Home Waste Audit

Watch our short video to learn about waste at home, the 5Rs, and how to sort your rubbish into the correct bins. Use our ‘Home Bin Audit sheet’ to find out what types of common items are in your bin, and alternatives to these items to reduce waste.
Suitable for primary

Maximise the video window for better viewing.

Home Bin Audit

How much waste does your house produce every day? Do a waste audit of the bins in your home, you can use our Home Bin Audit sheet to record what you find in the bins. You can make a pie graph from your results! Do any of these common items appear in your rubbish? Sustainability Victoria has some alternatives you might like to use. 

You can also watch this Behind the News clip from the War on Waste. Write up answers to these focus questions and think about how you can reduce waste in your own home

This lesson allows students to explore the waste produced in their home and analyse the collected data through identifying common items in their waste streams and considering how they can reduce these.  (VCSSU073) (VCSSU056)

Download Home Bin Audit sheet

Waste Audit – Teacher Lesson Plan

 Waste Sponsors 

We’d like to say a huge thank you to our sponsors who have kindly provided the prizes for our Waste Challenge for this campaign.

Replas

Replas is Australia’s leading mixed recycled plastic manufacturer who aims to provide a solution for plastic waste by delivering quality cost effective sustainable products. The company produces a range of over 200 recycled plastic products in Australia using state-of-the-art machinery and robotics together with a focus on energy and efficiency. The product range includes bollards, decking, fencing, fitness trails and furniture as well as products suitable for traffic control, parks, gardens and the utilities industry.
Visit the Replas website to learn more

Replas Environmental Centre

The Replas Environmental Centre offers visitors an opportunity to discover some of the answers to the problems faced by our planet. It is home to a range of products from Australia’s leading mixed recycled plastic manufacturer – Replas, along with other sustainable solutions and products. Whether it’s to learn about the Circular Economy, view Replas’ vast selection of recycled plastic products or simply to learn more about Recycling in Australia, The REC has it covered.
The REC offers guided group tours packed with valuable education for councils,businesses and alike, school excursions, free access to the public and various events. With plastic use on the rise, we need to create a sustainable community that reduces, re-uses and recycles plastics and that all starts with education. Take a step towards a more sustainable future by booking your tour today!
Visit the Replas Environmental Centre website to learn more

TerraCycle

TerraCycle is a world leader in the collection and repurposing of complex waste streams. An innovative waste management company with a mission to eliminate the idea of waste, TerraCycle partners with leading consumer product companies, retailers and cities to recycle products and packages, from dirty diapers to cigarette butts, that would otherwise end up being landfilled or incinerated.
Visit the TerraCycle website to learn more

Also check out the ‘Waste Resources’ section to download a copy of a how-to guide on how your school or centre can join TerraCycles recycling programs.

Upparel

UPPAREL is Australia’s first digital textile recycling solution. Currently, Australian’s are disposing of 6,000 kg of textile waste every 10 minutes, which equates to over 800,000,000 kg of old textiles disposed of every year. UPPAREL’s mission to eradicate textile landfill and we’re using the power of community to do so.
UPPAREL collect old and unwanted clothing, linen and shoes to stop them from reaching landfill and negatively affecting the planet. They do this by offering contactless pick-ups directly from the customer’s front door OR by sending out Sock Recycling Satchels to be filled with old socks and sent back for recycling.

Visit the Upparel website to learn more