Cleanaway's school education programs are designed to help preschool, primary and secondary students learn about environmental waste management and recycling.
Preschool and primary school
Cleanaway encourages students to participate in their household and school waste and recycling from from a young age. Learning about waste and the correct use of recycling services helps raise students' environmental awareness and can make a real difference in the community by increasing recycling and reducing the amount of rubbish being sent to landfill.
Understanding the waste hierarchy helps students learn how to reduce waste and that changing your behaviour can help reduce the amount of waste produced. Making the right choices - from when you are shopping to when you recycle at home or dispose of things at school - can all help reduce harm to the environment and ensure the health of the planet into the future. Some tips to help ‘Recover, Recycle, and Reuse’ as much as possible include:
- Asking, "Do I really need it?" or "What are my options to make less waste?"
- Choosing products with less packaging
- Using reusable shopping bags
- Trying to have a no waste lunch every day
- Sharing books and toys with friends and family
- Composting your kitchen scraps
- Using rechargeable batteries
- Buying recycled products
Secondary school program
Students explore the importance of being active participants in recovering, recycling and reusing precious resources. Understanding how materials are made and the process of resource recovery and recycling helps raise environmental awareness and reduce the impact we have on the planet’s finite resources.
Students learn how placing non-recyclable items in recycling bins causes contamination and can result in good recyclables ending up in landfill instead of being recycled. Contamination in recycling is one of the biggest challenges Cleanaway faces in effectively and efficiently sorting recyclables.
By correctly recycling items, the amount of waste being sent to landfill can be reduced, and in turn this benefits the environment by:
- Saving large volumes of water and raw materials
- Reducing the cost of new products
- Preserving resources
- Lowering your overall carbon footprint
Being equipped with the knowledge and understanding of good waste management practices helps ensure we can create positive environmental change.
Please check with your council to find out the items that you can recycle in your local area.