Case Studies and Success Stories

A range of schools across WA have successfully implemented the Waste Wise program, from small primary schools to senior colleges.

  • Case studies allow them to share the elements of their individual approaches to achieving in both teaching and achieving sustainability.

    You can access each of these case studies by following the links below.  Please note, some of these projects were undertaken a number of years ago.  While not all are still in action, the case studies contain great ideas that may be useful for your school.


    Ardross Primary School - Principal The pricipal shares how waste reduction is embedded in the structure of the school.
    Ardross Primary School - Canteen The canteen keeps the Waste Wise message rolling along.
    Riverside Primary School - Students

    The students showcase their Waste Wise activities.  Enviro Rangers hard at work...

    Jarrahdale Primary School - Waste Free Lunches Waste Free Lunches at Jarrahdale Primary School.


    Primary Schools

    Amaroo Primary School Community recycling program
    Bull Creek Primary School Recycling bicycles
    Goldfields Primary Schools Whole school approach
    Greenmount Primary School Recycling paper and batteries, package free day
    Mullaloo Heights Primary School Permaculture garden, chickens
    North Mandurah Education Support Centre Worms, paper recycling, icecream containers, stamps
    Sacred Heart Catholic Primary School Thornlie Water bottles, sensory garden
    Weld Square Primary School Whole school approach
    West Leeming Primary School Whole school approach
    Woodvale Primary School Integrating Waterwise and Waste Wise
    Yuluma Primary School Integrating sustainability 


    Secondary Schools

    Bridgetown High School Recycling, community links
    Denmark High School Rrecycled tyre bus shelter
    Goldfields Secondary Schools How Goldfield's schools achieved a whole school approach
    John Forrest Secondary College Bushrangers program
    Kinross College Batteries, litter
    Sevenoaks Senior College Reducing and resusing paper, Santa's toy workshop
    Yanchep Secondary College Overcoming hurdles with food scraps & paper recycling
  • Success stories in the Waste Wise Schools grants program. Learning from others so that we can all improve outcomes makes sense and saves re-inventing the wheel. There are many success stories in the WWS program. We hope the following examples inspire you:


    Churchlands Primary School The first to receive the $10,000 grant, in addition to the $2000 and $5000 grants. The funds were used to set up their waste wise environmental education centre, incorporating a 9R Shed, compost systems, worm farms, a vegetable garden, an outdoor classroom and interpretative signage. The former Minister for Environment, Hon. Donna Faragher opened the garden classroom
    Cornerstone Christian College Joined the Waste Wise schools program by completing the External Professional Development Module in 2009. Waste Wise teacher Lisa Smith remembers when she first started at Cornerstone Christian College and brought stacks of paper home with her to recycle, otherwise it would have been sent to landfill. Thanks to Lisa's dedication, the school now recycles and reuses all of its paper!
    Frankland River Primary Became a Waste Wise school in 2007, and over the past four years has developed a strong whole school approach to reducing waste. All school staff support the Waste Wise program and collection bins for recyclables and food scraps are easily accessible in all of the classrooms
    Hampton Park Primary School Joined the Waste Wise program in 2009 and successfully applied for their first grant soon after. They have a strong waste committee and with 100 per cent support from staff, teachers and education assistants. They have been able to set up a whole school waste approach and significantly reduce waste sent to landfill
    Mundaring Primary School Students and staff have been participating in the Waste Wise Schools Program since 2004. From that time, the school has embedded the Waste Wise philosophy of Reduce, Reuse and Recycle into the curriculum and across a number of learning areas. The school's dedication to reducing waste to landfill and closing the loop on organic recycling has led to number of outstanding projects benefitting the school and the wider community
    Watheroo Primary School The school's Waste Wise policy states that, "by example Watheroo Primary School becomes a community leader in reducing waste to landfill and the Watheroo Community will embrace the 3R values and become a viable, invaluable partner and collaborator within the school, resulting in positive environmental awareness, actions and outcomes"
    Yuluma Primary School Located in Innaloo, the school has adopted a whole school environmental approach to minimising waste. Yuluma actively involves students, staff, parents, guardians, community members and organisations into the school's Waste Wise program. This program also has an altruistic approach by providing positive economic and social benefits to individuals who are less fortunate than many of the students. The school community also supports the conservation and protection of animals.