Term 3 Newsletter 2020

The latest updates from WWS

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Webinars and Workshops

The following free webinars and workshops will be running this term. Access to webinar recordings is provided to all teachers who register.

  • 7 August 1pm: Containers for Change in Waste Wise Schools (webinar)
  • 18 August: How to be Waste Wise and Litter Free workshop, Port Hedland
  • 27 August: How to be Waste Wise and Litter Free workshop, EMRC.

Visit the website to register: https://www.wasteauthority.wa.gov.au/wws/workshops

Tackling school lunch waste

Just in time for Plastic-Free Term 3 is our new Waste-Free Lunch Toolkit. It is packed full of tips on how to run waste-free lunch days at your school, in-class activities, tools for the whole school and a section for parents too.

Check it out here: https://www.wasteauthority.wa.gov.au/wws/teaching-resources/list/toolkits

Plastic Free Term 3 Competition

With the launching of the new Waste-Free Lunch Toolkit, the Waste Wise Schools team is excited to announce the Plastic-Free Term 3 competition!

This competition is open to all Waste Wise Schools. Classes have a chance to win a beautiful class set of ethically made sandwich wraps or individual prizes!

The competition is open during Term 3 2020 and closes Friday 25 September. The winners will be announced during the first week of Term 4 on the Waste Authority website and the Waste Wise Schools Facebook page.

Entering is easy! Simply run an activity aimed at reducing plastic in your classroom or school and send in the evidence to the Waste Wise team. Evidence can include photos of the activity, videos, or even student work samples.

Submit your evidence to:wastewise@dwer.wa.gov.au

For lesson ideas please see the following curriculum resources.

Primary school:


Secondary school:


PDs go online!

Waste Wise Schools have developed an introductory online learning module for teachers. This means you will be able to complete Step 1 of your accreditation process at any time and will not be limited to a scheduled workshop or webinar. You will still receive a certificate of completion.

This will be available on our website early in Term 3.

Skills-based videos

For expert tips on how to reuse your waste, we highly recommend you watch the videos below by the wonderful Peg Davies from Earth Carers North! Peg has been a waste educator for years and even has a segment on Gardening Australia!

Composting: https://www.facebook.com/watch/live/?v=2666322766913646

Instant gardening: https://www.facebook.com/watch/live/?v=547943149415551

Using a Bokashi:https://www.facebook.com/watch/live/?v=3223052511052617

For advice about running any of the above in your school, get in touch with a friendly Waste Wise officer through Facebook or by emailing wastewise@dwer.wa.gov.au

Containers for Change is launching on 1 October 2020 in WA!

This is an amazing opportunity to raise funds for your school while collecting commonly littered beverage containers. Each eligible container (generally drink containers between 150ml-3L) can be refunded for 10cents.

How to use Containers for Change to fundraise in your school!

  • Sign up online for a Containers for Change scheme ID with a relevant school bank account.
  • Continually collect eligible containers within the school and return these to an authorised refund point to receive 10 cents per container.
  • Become a virtual donation point by advertising your scheme ID to the school community. When community members return their containers to an authorised refund point, they can donate their 10 cents per eligible container to your school through the school’s scheme ID.
  • Become a physical donation point and encourage the wider community to donate their eligible containers to your organisation, and then return the containers to an authorised refund point to receive 10 cents per container.
  • Partner with your local refund point to access container collection infrastructure (such as cages, bins or trailers) for your events or activities for one-off large container drives, e.g. sports carnivals or school fairs. Return eligible containers to the refund point to receive 10 cents per container.

For more information on Containers for Change, specifics about refund points and donation points, and to sign up for a scheme ID, visit: www.containersforchange.com.au 

And check out our Containers for Change webinar on 7 August: https://www.wasteauthority.wa.gov.au/wws/workshops

New Geography ATAR resource coming soon

Watch this space, we are about to publish a new high school curriculum resource for Year 12 Geography ATAR. Use our student and teacher booklets to complete depth study one on the challenges of waste management!

We will let you know as soon as it is available!

Waste Audits

We have started running waste audits again in the metro area. We have many to get through, so will do our best to accommodate you or provide you with support to run an audit yourself.

To book an audit, please contact Rosie Bruce (rosie.bruce@dwer.wa.gov.au) if you are in suburbs north of the river, or Belinda Bloxsome (b.bloxsome@aaeewa.org.au) our AAEE Waste Wise Support Officer if you are south of the river.

Just for a laugh!

What do you call a group of baby rubbish bins?

A litter...

For more information about the items in this newsletter or for any questions about the Waste Wise Schools Program, please contact us at wastewise@dwer.wa.gov.au or call 6364 6696 or 6364 7215