News: Waste Wise Schools

Perth schools celebrate a decade of being wise with waste

Coolbinia Primary School was one of 18 schools across Western Australia celebrated this week for achieving 10 years as a Waste Wise accredited school. The local member, Hon Alanna Clohesy, MLC, presented the school’s Principal and Waste Wise coordinator with a sign and certificate at the morning assembly on Thursday, 7 November to mark the occasion – thanking the children, staff and parents for their commitment to the program.

Waste Wise student ambassadors, Waste Wise Coordinator Rebekah Melville, Principal Paul Westcott and Hon. Alanna Clohesy, MLC 

While 18 schools reached the 10-year milestone of consecutively renewing their accreditation since the program began, a total of 491 schools are accredited in the Waste Wise School Program.

Program provides schools with the foundation for success

Administered by the Waste Authority of Western Australia, the Waste Wise School accreditation program started in 2010 with the aim of recognising and celebrating the waste reduction and recovery efforts being undertaken in schools.

Schools must complete a number of steps to become accredited including:

  • run a waste audit to collect data on the waste produced at school
  • form a Waste Wise committee to plan, implement and evaluate Waste Wise projects
  • write a whole-of-school waste policy so the wider school community is aware of the school’s waste avoidance and recovery commitment
  • formulate a waste avoidance and recovery plan.

Schools must re-apply for annual accreditation.

Coolbinia Primary school a stand-out performer

Environment Minister Stephen Dawson said Coolbinia Primary School was a fantastic Waste Wise school that embedded sustainability throughout its school culture and programs.

The School runs a range of Waste Wise projects, such as the 200-tonne carbon reduction plan, which encourages the school community to recycle and acts to enhance biodiversity as well as save water and energy.

It has also received three Waste Wise grants from the Waste Authority WA, which have enabled it to set up organics recycling (worms, compost and chickens), paper recycling and educational signage, as well as projects that teach students to repair old bikes and re-use old wheelbarrows for garden beds.

National recycling week runs from 11–17 November.

Coolbinia Primary School’s Cool Green School sign and veggie beds with interpretive signage

Waste Education Calendar 2019

5 February – ‘Reducing Waste in Early Years Settings’ WORKSHOP

Children’s Services Centre, Ashfield

4.30 - 7.30pm

This Little Green Steps workshop is free to attend for all early childhood staff in the Town of Bassendean, Cities of Bayswater, Belmont, Kalamunda, Mundaring and Swan.

Register here

 

14 February – ‘How to be Waste and Litter Free’ WORKSHOP

Broome

9am – 3pm

Learn how to inspire students to reduce waste and litter.

Register here

 

1 March – CLEAN UP AUSTRALIA DAY

School Clean Ups include preschools and primary schools. You can organise a Clean Up for your local school, access educational resources, support one of the campaigns and more. 

https://www.cleanup.org.au/get-involved-as-a-school-or-youth-group

 

13 March – ‘How to be Waste and Litter Free’ WORKSHOP

Millar Road Landfill and Recycling Facility, Rockingham

9:30am – 3:30pm

Learn how to inspire students to reduce waste and litter.

 

 

18 March – GLOBAL RECYCLING DAY

Recognise and celebrate the importance recycling plays in preserving our precious primary resources and securing the future of our planet. The theme for 2019 is ‘Recycling into the Future’. Education materials available.

https://www.globalrecyclingday.com/

 

19 March – Waste Wise Schools Introductory WORKSHOP

Piney Lakes Environmental Education Centre, Winthrop

9:30am – 3pm

Learn how to become an accredited Waste Wise school and set up waste wise projects.

 

 

26 March – Waste Wise Schools Introductory WEBINAR

1 – 2pm

This introductory online webinar is for teachers from WA schools who would like to find out more about the Waste Wise Schools Program and how to get their school involved.

Register here

 

30 March – EARTH HOUR

8:30pm

Lights off for climate action

 

3 April – ‘How to be Waste and Litter Free’ WORKSHOP - GERALDTON

Geraldton Multi-Purpose Centre, 254 Marine Terrace

Register here

 

11 April – ‘Reducing Waste in Early Years' LITTLE GREEN STEPS WORKSHOP

Busselton Community Centre 

2 - 5 pm

Open to Early Years educators from the Cities of Bunbury, Busselton & Margaret River.

http://www.littlegreenstepswa.org.au/

 

5 – 11 May – INTERNATIONAL COMPOST AWARENESS WEEK

A week of activities, events and publicity to improve awareness of the importance of compost, a valuable organic resource, and to promote compost use, knowledge and products.

https://www.compostweek.com.au/

 

14 May – Waste Wise Schools Introductory WEBINAR

1 – 2pm

This introductory online webinar is for teachers from WA schools who would like to find out more about the Waste Wise Schools Program and how to get their school involved.

Registrations open April

 

21 May – Waste Wise Schools Introductory WORKSHOP

Prime House, Joondalup, and Tamala Park landfill

9am – 3pm

Join us to learn how to make your school waste wise and participate in a tour of Tamala Park landfill site and education centre.

Registrations open April

 

22 May – INTERNATIONAL DAY FOR BIOLOGICAL DIVERSITY

The United Nations has proclaimed May 22 the International Day for Biological Diversity (IDB) to increase understanding and awareness of biodiversity issues.

https://www.cbd.int/idb/default.shtml

 

31 May – Waste Wise Schools Introductory WORKSHOP – ALBANY

Venue TBC

 

5 June – WORLD ENVIRONMENT DAY

The UN day for encouraging awareness and action for the protection of our environment. Schools can celebrate in many ways with activities such as clean-ups, concerts, parades, tree planting and more. This year the focus is ‘Beat Plastic Pollution”.

http://worldenvironmentday.global/

 

1 – 31 July – PLASTIC FREE JULY

Join the challenge and ‘Choose To Refuse’ single-use plastic during July. Register via the link below. Waste Wise Schools also runs a competition each year so keep an eye out for that.

https://www.plasticfreejuly.org/

 

3 July – INTERNATIONAL PLASTIC BAG FREE DAY

A unique opportunity to spread the word that a plastic bag free world is possible and that sound environmental alternatives to single-use plastic bags are available.

https://www.plasticbagfreeday.org/

 

26 July – SCHOOLS TREE DAY

Each year, around 3,000 preschools, kindergartens, primary and high schools across Australia take part in Schools Tree Day.

https://treeday.planetark.org/schools/

 

6 August – Waste Wise Schools Introductory WORKSHOP

Canning River Eco Education Centre, Cannington

9:30am – 3pm

Learn how to become an accredited Waste Wise school and set up waste wise projects.

Registrations open June

 

10 – 18 August – NATIONAL SCIENCE WEEK

An annual celebration of science in Australia, an opportunity to join together to enjoy and explore the wonders and benefits of science.

https://www.scienceweek.net.au/

 

19 – 25 August – KEEP AUSTRALIA BEAUTIFUL WEEK

Raise awareness about the simple things we can all do in our daily lives to reduce our impact on the environment and encourage action to reduce litter.

https://www.kabc.wa.gov.au/campaigns/keep-australia-beautiful-week

 

October Date TBC – Switch Your Thinking – YOUNG REINVENTOR OF THE YEAR AWARD

https://www.switchyourthinking.com/our-projects/young-reinventor-of-the-year/

 

19 Oct – 20 Oct – GARAGE SALE TRAIL

Run a garage sale to encourage reuse and repurposing of unwanted goods. Sign up to the website to create your own sale page and access resources.

https://www.garagesaletrail.com.au/

 

7 Oct – 15 Nov – SCHOOLS RECYCLE RIGHT CHALLENGE

Planet Ark provide free recycling activity guides, lesson plans and Australian school event ideas, designed to engage students and teachers to learn by doing and having fun.

https://schoolsrecycle.planetark.org/

 

22 October – Waste Wise Schools Introductory WEBINAR

Online

1:00pm - 2:00pm

Learn how to become an Accredited Waste Wise school and set up waste wise projects.

Registrations open September

 

26 Oct – 3 November – CASTAWAY SCULPTURES (Rockingham)

Celebrating artistic innovation and environmental awareness, this outdoor sculptural exhibition will showcase more than 50 sculptural artworks from Western Australian artists created from recycled and repurposed materials.

http://rockingham.wa.gov.au/Community/Art-and-culture/Castaways/About-the-Castaways-competition

 

7 November – OUTDOOR CLASSROOM DAY

When teachers take learning outdoors they report some powerful impacts: children’s behaviour improves, whole classes are excited to learn, and individuals who feel inhibited by the curriculum often thrive in an outdoor environment. 

https://outdoorclassroomday.com.au/

 

11 – 17 November – NATIONAL RECYCLING WEEK

Many sites offer activities on recycling for schools. You can register your participation with Planet Ark’s Recycle Right Challenge.

https://schoolsrecycle.planetark.org/

 

5 Dec – WORLD SOIL DAY

Be the Solution to Soil Pollution invites you to rethink our consumption patterns, reusing and recycling for a world free of pollution.

http://www.un.org/en/events/soilday/