Resourceful Schools is a comprehensive waste education program for schools in each of the eight Council areas in the Midwaste region. The program, which involves multiple visits by educators to the school, focuses on waste and resource recovery issues and developing skills to change student and staff behaviour around waste management.
Students involved in the program conduct waste audits and develop and implement a waste project for their school such as getting a three bin system working effectively or reducing waste in lunches. Students then present their work at a school “Celebration Day” as part of the Regional Youth Environment Council gathering.
The program is available to both primary and high schools within the Midwaste region and has been developed through a collaboration between Midwaste and the NSW Department of Education and Communities through Cascade Environmental Education Centre.
The Waste Hierarchy
We consume lots of resources in our everyday lives and many of these highly valuable resources are wasted. We need to change the way we think about waste, recognising its value as a resource to be used wisely and conserved, re-used and recycled whenever possible. When thinking about waste it is useful to think about the 4 Rs – Refuse, Re-use, Reduce and Recycle. The 4 Rs form a hierarchy whereby we consider:
- Can we avoid creating the waste in the first place e.g. ask yourself the question – “Do I really need this x, y, z?” before you purchase it
- Can we re-use the item – i.e. can I store something in that nice glass jar?
- can we reduce our creation of waste – i.e. can we choose to purchase a product based on reduced packaging rather than brand?
- and, finally, can we recycle it – this could be through the kerbside yellow bin or other means (like the plastic bag recycling bins you will find at most supermarkets)
Local programs you can get involved in (click on the relevant logo for more information):
- Recycling Facility Tours (click on your Council’s logo for contact details)