Term 2 Newsletter 2023

School inspiration, workshops, grants and useful resources.

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How do high schools integrate waste audits into their curriculum?

Kalamunda Senior High School

Kalamunda Senior High School Year 11 and 12 students conducted a waste audit as part of their assessment for a Certificate II in Workplace Skills and a Certificate II in Conservation and Ecosystem Management.

Students efficiently sorted, measured, and recorded the different streams of waste. Once the waste was sorted, the WasteSorted Schools staff discussed each of the streams of waste with the students and highlighted ones that could be potentially avoided, recycled or earth cycled. Students will use the data collected to create future waste avoidance and reduction plans for the school.

Perth Waldorf School

Perth Waldorf School’s Year 9 Ecology class conducted a waste audit to gather data on the quantities and types of waste that they are sending to landfill. Using this data, they will now research and develop plans to reduce their waste to landfill, including improving recycling facilities and communicating the avoid message to the wider school community.

WasteSorted Schools offer free waste audits for schools, which provide invaluable data to direct future waste management projects and decisions. These audits are suitable for students from Year 3 – Year 12.

For more information or to book a waste audit please contact: wastesortedschools@dwer.wa.gov.au

Upcoming workshops

WasteSorted Schools Teach Meet: waste and sustainability in schools

Date: Tuesday 20th June

Time: 4:30 – 6:30pm

Venue: The Bendat Parent and Community Centre, Dodd St, Wembley

Hear from primary and secondary teachers at accredited WasteSorted Schools about successful waste management practices they have implemented at their school. Presentations will be in 2 separate rooms - one for primary and one for secondary schools.

Register: TeachMeet: waste and sustainability in primary and secondary schools Tickets, Tue 20/06/2023 at 3:45 pm | Eventbrite

Term 3 Student Meet: waste and sustainability in secondary schools

Date: Tuesday 1st August

Time: 4:00pm – 7:00pm

Venue: St Norbert's College, Queens Park

Hear from secondary students about the successful waste management and sustainability practices they have implemented at their schools. Students will share their experiences and ideas about what they have set up, how they run it, and how they engage the rest of the school.

Register: Student Meet: waste and sustainability in secondary schools Tickets, Tue 01/08/2023 at 4:00 pm | Eventbrite

Grants 2023

Grants Opening 8th May, Closing 1st August.

WasteSorted Schools grants provide funding for schools to set up infrastructure and initiatives that avoid and recover school waste. Grants of up to $5,500 are available. All accredited WasteSorted Schools are eligible to apply.

Please see the website for more information on how to apply.

WasteSorted Schools grants | Waste Authority WA

WasteSorted Schools grant webinar

We recently hosted a grants webinar where some frequently asked questions were discussed. Some of the topics covered were

  • school and project eligibility
  • the grant application and approval process
  • different project ideas

If you would like a copy of this recording, or if you have any questions about applying for a grant, please contact us at: wastesortedschools@dwer.wa.gov.au

Book an incursion

Have you heard about the WasteSorted Race? This fun, interactive activity can help teach your students about the importance of sorting their waste into the correct bin, both at home and at school.

For more information or to book an incursion please contact wastesortedschools@dwer.wa.gov.au

Useful resources

Start planning for Plastic Free Term 3

From its beginnings right here in WA, Plastic Free July has grown to become a global sustainability movement. With their Plastic Free Schools Challenge you can now inspire your school to make a difference with solutions to single-use plastic all year round.

To sign up for the challenge and access their resources, follow the link below. 

Plastic Free Schools challenge | Plastic Free July

Caring for Country Together is the Department of Education’s sustainability framework that provides strategic direction for sustainability across schools. The roadmap provided can guide schools towards embedding sustainability into their school culture.

Caring for Country together - Department of Education

Head to the AAEEWA website to access these free, printable boardgames to use in your classroom when teaching about the importance of recycling or composting.

Mobile Waste Education Trailer Events Perth | AAEEWA

Just for fun

Apparently adding herbs to your waste can makes it smell better…

But I don't have thyme for that rubbish.

For more information about the items in this newsletter or for any questions about the WasteSorted Schools Program, please contact us at wastesortedschools@dwer.wa.gov.au