Once planning is complete it is time to implement your waste management action plan. It is a good idea to start small and implement one new action at a time.
Bin infrastructure, placement and signage
Brisbane City Council officers are able to provide practical advice on waste and recycling collection services, bin infrastructure, bin configuration, signage and setting up an effective collection system within the school.
Schools that have the bulk of their waste collected by Council are able to have their recycling collected free of charge by Brisbane City Council.
Contact WaRRS-EducationOfficer@brisbane.qld.gov.au for more information.
There are several ways schools can cut down on organic waste and they can be incorporated into the school operations and classroom activities.
Children are fascinated by worms and watching them turn waste into a wonderful resource for gardens provides great educational value. Council has teacher resources including curriculum aligned lesson plans to incorporate worm farming with classroom activities.
Refer to useful online information about worm farming as well as a worm farming video to help you.
Composting is a great way to manage larger amounts of garden waste as well as fruit and vegetable scraps. Council has useful online information about composting as well as a how to compost video.
Ensure that the whole school knows about the new waste initiatives by promoting the school waste management plan in the newsletter, on the website, at assembly, via posters and videos and through competitions.
Involve students in the development, promotion and successful implementation of the waste action plan.Create an environmental student team, for example, The Waste Warriors, who can educate others within the school community about the new waste initiatives. The Waste Warriors could give a presentation at Assembly, or to the Parents and Friends Association.
Council’s online resources can be used in your lesson planning, providing information about waste minimisation, recycling and litter prevention.
Teacher resources - recycling and reducing waste | Brisbane City Council
- curriculum-linked lesson plans
- fact sheets
- information about recycling materials
- further resource suggestions
Other resources about waste and recycling
Educators and teachers can select from multiple resources to help teach their students about reducing waste. Council has collated a selection of relevant links to make the research process easier.
Recycling guide for households | Brisbane City Council
Use the recycling guide to help your students recycle more at home and send less waste to landfill. You can also download Council’s free Brisbane bin and recycling app, which can help you:
- learn what to put in the recycling bin
- remember your bin collection days
- find out about Council's waste and resource recovery facilities and services.
Waste hierarchy | Brisbane City Council
Use the waste hierarchy in student discussions about how to reduce waste, with the aim to extract the maximum use from products while generating the minimum amount of waste.
Visy Recycling Education Video - YouTube
Watch Visy's recycling education video on Visy's YouTube channel to learn more about recycling correctly. See how Council diverts products from landfill for recycling at our material recovery facility.
Take advantage of events such as Clean Up Australia Day, Nude Food Week, National Recycling Week or World Environment Day to highlight waste issues and reinforce the importance of minimising waste.