Project Description


Waste programs focus on the ‘Rethink, Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle’ philosophy and include environmental impacts of current practices and strategies to overcome them.

Duration of activities: ~ 50 minutes
Available for: Year 7 to 10


You can mix and match activities from two different programs.

  • Investigate how long it takes common pieces of packaging, rubbish and other household items to break down with our waste timeline
  • Discover how everyday choices from purchasing to disposal can have a long lasting effect on the environment
  • Think about the concept of Greenwashing when making everyday purchases
  • Play our giant tower game to model the impacts of human activities on the ecosystem.
  • Explore the concepts of “flow on effects”, “ecological stress” and “tipping points”.
  • Who or what was responsible for the collapse? What can be done to prevent it?
  • How are humans affected by ecosystem change?
  • Investigate the world’s fastest growing waste stream, electronic waste (e-waste), and your part in it
  • Discover the global health and environmental impacts of the many different minerals and toxic materials that make up our every day electronic gadgets
  • Explore solutions to the problem, from recycling to extending the life of your products and corporate responsibility
  • CERES History
  • Different use of materials and architecture in building design
  • The Biodynamic Farm and Market
  • Water harvest and recycling systems
  • Bike recycling shed and Multicultural villages
  • Reimagine an old shirt into a reusable bag
  • Rethink waste as a resource
  • Reduce single use plastic to landfill
  • Reuse and repurpose recycled materials to make something new and useful
  • IMPORTANT – For this activity EACH participating student needs to bring an old t-shirt to repurpose into something new. Preferably it is an old, stained, discoloured, or slightly damaged t-shirt that has lived it’s full life as clothing and can’t be re-used or donated. This t-shirt SHOULD NOT be bought brand new for this activity as it will be cut up. It can be of any size but shouldn’t be too open at the top or too stretchy. If there are issues with each student supplying a t-shirt each then please discuss options with the bookings team.
  • Reimagine food waste as healthy living soil
  • Rethink food waste as a resource
  • Reduce food waste to landfill and methane pollution
  • Reuse and repurpose recycled materials to make healthy living soil for
    the garden to continue the nutrient cycle
  • Revamp the CERES garden beds
Book an Excursion


Contact the Education Bookings Team

(03) 9389 0144

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