How to reduce waste in your school
If you're looking for ways to reduce the waste produced at your school, here are some ideas to get you started:
- Reuse paper: Put scrap paper trays in your classroom so students can reuse old paper
- Recycle: Set up recycling bins in each classroom
- Set up a Green Team: Create a team of students to organise green activities for each year group
- Low-waste lunch days: Encourage students to bring lunches with no, or minimal, packaging. This can also be a weekly event or an annual National Recycling Week event.
- School audit: Audits are a great way to get students involved in identifying and taking action on waste.
Involve the whole school in a energy, water or food audit to determine where your waste is coming from and how much waste your school is generating.
You can use this information to plan ways to reduce your overall waste through avoidance, reuse and recycling.
For information on how to carry out a school waste audit, visit the Department of Education's Sustainable Schools website.
Cool Australia has many free curriculum-linked lesson plans on how to run audits tailored to different stages.
Composting and worm farming for schools
Set up a compost or worm farm system for food waste and use special food collection buckets at recess and lunchtime to collect waste. This can then be emptied into your compost or worm farm.
You can buy compost bins and worm farms from the Council's Community Nursery.
Waste workshops for schools
Schools Waste and Recycling workshops are provided by the Council to educate students about waste and the environment, waste reduction and recycling.
For more information, or to arrange a workshop, contact our Waste Education officer on 1300 722 542.
School Clean-up Day
Schools can hold a School Clean-up Day on the Friday before Clean Up Australia Day, giving students the opportunity to learn more about the impact of waste on the environment.
Visit the Clean Up Australia Day website.
School paper and container recycling
Randwick City Council offers a free fortnightly paper and container recycling collection service for schools in our area.
If your school doesn't currently receive a recycling service, please contact the Council's Waste Education Officer by calling 1300 722 542, and/or we can visit your school to determine your collection needs.
Eastern Suburbs Sustainable Schools Network (ESSSN)
ESSSN is a forum for teachers and parents, associated with schools in the Eastern Suburbs, to discuss new environmental sustainability initiatives and programs for more effective learning.
The network meets each term at a different school in the Eastern Suburbs to discuss current environmental projects, hear about upcoming Events and connect teachers and parents who have a passion for sustainability education in our schools.
Sustainable Schools Grant, NSW Department of Education.