Community Education

Council is inviting early childhood, primary and secondary schools to submit an expression of interest for involvement in our tailored Waste Education Program to support waste reduction and resource recovery in the community.

The focus areas will be waste avoidance, valuing organics and getting general waste and recycling right.

Sessions available will cover a range of age appropriate topics, and can be delivered on-site as an in-service to the school with a qualified presenter from EnvironCom Australia or we can provide the full lesson plan for educators to deliver at their own pace. 

To submit your expression of interest, CLICK HERE to answer a few simple questions to get us started.


Early Childhood (Pre-Prep)

Worm Farming (20-30 mins)   

  • What is a worm farm?
  • Why have a worm farm?
  • How does a worm farm work?
  • How do we worm farm?
  • What can we feed our worm farm?
  • What can’t we feed our worm farm?

Which Bin Does This Go In? (20-30 mins)    

  • What do the coloured bin lids mean?
  • Where does our waste go?
  • What can go in the yellow bin? 
  • What cannot go in the yellow bin?
  • What happens to recycling?
  • Why do we have a yellow bin?

Primary School 

What’s in your waste?  (45-60 mins)

  • What is waste?
  • What waste do we create at school? At home?
  • Where does waste go?
  • How could we reduce our school waste?
  • How could we better manage our school waste?

Composting & Worm Farming  (45-60 mins)

  • What is organic waste? Food waste?
  • What is composting / worm farming?
  • Why do we compost / worm farm?
  • How do we compost / worm farm?
  • What other options do we have to reduce waste?

The Story of Recycling  (45-60 mins)

  • What is recycling?
  • What can be recycled?
  • How does the MRF process work?
  • What is contamination?
  • How else can we reduce waste?

Rethink, Reduce, Reuse (45-60 mins)

  • Where do products come from? 
  • What is waste? 
  • What waste do we create at school and at home? 
  • Where does waste go? 
  • How can we avoid waste?
  • How can we reduce waste? 
  • What can we reuse? 
  • What can we recycle?
  • How can we recycle organic waste?

Secondary Schools

Circular Economy  (45-60 mins)

  • What is a linear economy?
  • What are the environmental impacts of waste?
  • What is a circular economy?
  • How do we apply a circular economy?

Food Waste & Organics  (45-60 mins)  

  • What is organic waste?
  • What is avoidable / unavoidable food waste?
  • What are the impacts of organic waste in landfill?
  • What are the broader impacts of organic waste?
  • What alternative options are there?
  • What is composting / worm farming?
  • Why do we compost / worm farm?
  • How do we compost / worm farm?

Environmental Impacts of Waste  (45-60 mins)

  • How does creating items impact the environment?
  • How does their disposal impact the environment?
  • How does litter impact the environment?
  • How can we reduce our impact?
  • What is the waste hierarchy?

In the lead up to National Recycling Week (8-14 November) Council has launched its inaugural Reimagine Waste Poster Competition, as part of its Waste Education Program.

This poster competition is open to children of all ages from the Scenic Rim to create a poster showing how you have (or would like to) reuse, recycle, or repurpose waste from your home or school.

This is an individual competition, so be sure to encourage your classmates and friends to enter too.

You can include photos, drawings, or plans to help explain your actions or ideas.

You can even bring your poster to life with a video of how your idea works.

We're looking for ideas that are …

  • Creative. New ideas for rescuing waste from landfill or old ideas reimagined.

  • Easy to follow. The easier it is, the more people will do it.

  • Draw a crowd. Could this idea go viral? Will it excite the whole community, grownups too?

  • Make a difference. Can you guesstimate how much waste will be rescued from landfill?

Prizes include:

  • Certificates of commendation
  • Community-wide promotion of your big idea
  • Vouchers to help you reach your zero waste goals
  • Winner's trophy made from reclaimed materials

Entries open 5 October 2021.

Entries close 12 November 2021.  EXTENSION OF TIME 

One entry per person, download the information flyer here.

Support for parents and teachers available too by emailing or calling 07 5540 5111.

** If you are having difficulties with the online form, you can email the completed poster to with details of the entrant. 

Reimagine Waste Poster Competition

Reimagine Waste Poster Competition ENTRY FORM