Education

The City of Busselton offers free waste education visits to schools, childcare facilities, educational organisations, & community groups within the City of Busselton to promote waste minimisation, recycling, and sustainability. The sessions are conducted at your school or organisation by our Recycling Education Officer.

Schools

The City of Busselton Waste Education School Program includes interactive activities that are age appropriate and curriculum linked. Lessons can be adapted and customised to suit school lesson time tables and learning stages.

Some different examples of lessons by year:

Early learning: Cover basic questions about waste and engage in sorting activities.

Years 1 & 2: Cover basic questions about waste, investigate the breakdown of waste and do an activity.

Years 3 & 4: Watch a short movie about waste and discuss. Do an activity in which students explore the ways in which we dispose of waste and correct sorting into bins. Explore the ways in which students can cut waste in the classroom and propose solutions for minimising waste.

Years 5 & 6: Have the students assess current waste management in their classroom, brainstorm ways to improve these practices & create an action plan for carrying out their ideas. Have students research the history of waste, consider how waste patterns have changed over time, especially in relation to how Australian Aboriginals and European colonisers lived off the land to how we live now.

Years 7 & 8: Have the students investigate the life cycle of a piece of waste in groups, create a poster to present and discuss the impacts of the items’ life cycle with the rest of the class.

Years 9 & 10: Have students research questions on the 4Rs +C (Refuse, Reduce, Reuse, Recycle and Composting) for a class Waste Q&A quiz show. Students then participate in the quiz.

Years 11 & 12: Discuss the nature and scope of waste management in the City of Busselton, views and attitudes of major stakeholders, and the planning strategies used to address waste management.

Our officer can also assist the students in conducting a waste audit, organise a landfill tour, or prepare an upcycling craft project.

Or perhaps you have an idea for a project that could be implemented in your neighbourhood, the broader community, or city-wide. Our educator can help you and your students develop your idea further and come up with something far-reaching. As done with the students from Vasse Primary and the Take 3 poster competition and wheelie bin signage, we can help your students tackle waste issues at the council level.

Another great initiative our officer can assist your school in is becoming an accredited Waste Wise School in line with the Waste Wise Schools program. Or for those already involved, we can assist you with continuing on that journey. See http://www.wasteauthority.wa.gov.au/programs/wws/ for more information about this program.

For more information or to request a booking please contact the City's Recycling Education Officer or call (08) 9781 0317

Community Groups

The City also offers residents and community groups the opportunity to access waste education through planned events and presentations. Community groups can also book free waste education talks on request.

Topics include:

  • Waste and Recycling – Correct sorting
  • Waste Minimisation
  • Conducting a waste audit
  • Other topics on request

For more information or to request a presentation please contact the City's Recycling Education Officer or call (08) 9781 0317