Educate students about waste and recycling
Randwick City Council believes it is vital to educate the children in our area on the best ways to Reduce, Reuse and Recycle waste. We work closely with schools in our area to develop educational programs and provide interactive waste and recycling workshops. Find out more about our involvement with schools.
Recycling incursions 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.
Randwick City Council offers a FREE fortnightly commingled(paper and cardboard,plastic, glass,steel and aluminium cans) recycling collection service for schools in our area.
If your school would like to receive a recycling service, please contact Council's Waste Education Officer by calling 1300 722 542, we can visit your school to determine your bin and collection needs.
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 waste audits
Involve the whole school in a waste 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.
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.
Schools can obtain compost bins and worm farms through the Compost Revolution Program.
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. Find out the dates and details of the next meeting
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