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Waste Campaign

A new term, a new campaign!
This term we focus on waste reduction, and helping schools and centres take action by inviting you all to take part in our Waste Challenge. We have partnered with some inspiring businesses, all leading the way in tackling waste for this challenge.

You do not need to complete all 3 challenges. Each completed challenge is an entry into the draw, so the more challenges your school/centre completes, the more chances you have to WIN some fabulous prizes!

A big thank you to Replas, Replas Environmental Centre, TerraCycle and Upparel for providing the amazing prizes for this challenge.

This term we will also provide lots of resources, programs, events, grants, and all things relating to waste, so visit this page regularly during the term so you don’t miss out on anything!

Waste Challenge
Student Programs
Waste Resources
Our Sponsors

 Waste Challenge 

What better time to create some new habits and change our thinking about waste! We’ve put  together a waste challenge to help schools save money, protect our oceans, and close the loop on food waste!

How to win:

Complete all 1, 2 or all 3 challenges to go in the running to win some amazing prizes!

Challenges include ‘Resource Recovery’, ‘Keep plastic out of waterways’, and ‘Love Food Hate Waste’.

Submit your results by downloading the fillable pdf document below and emailing your completed form to us at teacherprograms@ceres.org.au by Friday 30 July 2021.

Download Waste Challenge form

Prizes:

All entries go into the running to win one of the following prizes –

Prize 1

1 x Buddy Bench from Replas AND a tour of the Replas Environmental Centre!
Create a welcome space in your school and help make friends with the recycled plastic Buddy Bench from Replas!
Students who feel alone or in need of a friend quickly learn it is a great place to meet up with other and make new friends. Made from durable and sustainable material, the Buddy Bench not only helps the environment, but may also help change the culture at your school. The Buddy Bench also  saves the equivalent of 21,250 pieces of soft plastic packaging from landfill!
The Replas Environmental Centre, located in Carrum Downs, provides an inspiring educational experience. Valid for groups of up to 25, and will run for approximately 1 hour (valued at $1,174).

Prize 2

1 x Zero Waste Box™ from TerraCycle.
The Zero Waste Box™ system is the first comprehensive recycling solution for almost everything, developed by award-winning waste experts at TerraCycle. From pen, toys, bottle caps, to almost the entire contents of your classroom, the Zero Waste Box system is the turnkey, all-inclusive recycling solution for hundreds of typically non-recycled items. The Zero Waste Box system is convenient and easy to use, making it the perfect option for households, schools, centres, businesses, manufacturing facilities, and events looking to offset their impacts and lighten their footprint. (valued at up to $332).

Prize 3

Package of 10 x Family Sock Packs each containing their own Sock Recycling Satchel from UPPAREL.
Each family sock pack contains a variety of premium, recycled cotton socks in a mix of sizes for the whole family. This prize pack will give one lucky winner the chance for their students to do their part in the fight against textile waste and commit to a greener future for the next generation (valued at $100).

Winning schools and centres will be interviewed and featured on our website and an upcoming issue of our CERESly ConnectED newsletter. We look forward to hearing how your school has changed the way you think and act about waste!

Winners will be announced on Wednesday 4 August 2021.

 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