Waste Education and Events

Council provides waste reduction and resource recovery education and information campaigns to schools, businesses and the general public.

Waste reduction through enhanced resource recovery, and community education are crucial to keeping the Scenic Rim spectacular. Success relies upon a collaborative effort from Council, businesses and residents. Council is always looking to build on waste awareness, education initiatives, and looking to partner with businesses leading in this space.

Waste education in schools

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?

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?

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?

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?

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?

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?