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Council recognises that education is a key component of any waste and resource recovery project, to drive behavioural change and build community knowledge. Council has been working with schools for over 15 years in this area.
During 2020, Council partnered with Impact Environmental Education to develop and deliver waste and sustainability education modules specifically tailored to the Port Macquarie-Hastings community. These modules educate and empower teachers and students in primary schools to take action regarding the amount of waste they consume and to educate others in correct waste management practices.
From 15 schools across the region, almost 2,502 primary school students and 115 teaching staff took part in environmental education workshops conducted by Impact Environmental Education's trained teachers. These workshops raise awareness of:
- Local waste management processes
- Issues involving waste recycling and disposal
- The need to reduce waste and optimise the use of the local collection systems and recycling initiatives
Learning modules include:
Toward Zero Waste
This new module shines a spotlight on our current waste practices, encouraging students to think about an abundant future with zero waste. Students will explore case studies of industries that make a business from saving waste from landfill and be challenged to analyse what waste is and how we can design a life without it. For older students, this will include a deeper dive into circular economy principles.
All Packaged Out
Students discover the function and abundance of packaging in our lives, and learn about how much of this packaging ends up in our local landfill. By identifying the types of packaging their homes and schools generate, students then explore ways to reduce the packaging they consume, lessening their waste to landfill and their impact on our precious local environment.
Council will continue schools waste education in 2021 with the proposed format and modules currently being planned.
If you are an education facility and would like more information about this project or to register your interest, please contact Council on 6581 8111 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
This page was last updated on: 20 January 2021