Yarraman Oaks Primary School kids with recycling and Sustainability Award

School and Early Learning Centre Waste Education Program

Education on minimising waste and increasing recycling can start early in a child’s life. Schools and early learning centres play a vital role in communicating these messages to children, families and throughout our community.

Council provides a range of free waste education programs for Early Learning Centres, primary and secondary schools within the municipality and can also assist Early Learning Centres and schools in establishing a recycling and composting program.

Primary and Secondary Schools

Waste Education Classroom Sessions

These sessions engage students on important issues relating to waste and the environment.

Sessions run for 30-45 minutes with a maximum of 30 students per session.

Assembly, teacher and parent presentations are also available.

Sessions on the following topics are available: 

  • Compost and worm farms
  • Food waste
  • Reduce, reuse, recycle waste hierarchy
  • Recycling
  • What happens to our rubbish at home
  • Litter in the environment
  • Waste wise shopping
  • Rubbish free lunches

Download Greater Dandenong Schools Waste Education Program - 199KB

For more information or to book a session, contact Council's Waste Education Officer at wasteevents@cgd.vic.gov.au.

Waste Minimisation School Education (WMSEd) Program

The Waste Minimisation School Education (WMSEd) Program is an initiative that has been developed by Greater Dandenong Council to help schools with the development and implementation of a waste minimisation action plan.

The program is facilitated by an experienced waste educator who will aid schools to develop and implement action plans to minimise waste and improve recycling efforts. The program is tailored to each participating school’s individual goals and specific school community.

The main objectives of the WMSEd program are:

  • To engage schools in managing their waste according to the waste hierarchy, i.e. identify opportunities for avoidance, reduction and reuse
  • To assist schools in the development of a Waste Minimisation Action Plan
  • To reduce the volume of waste being generated in participating schools through implementation of recycling/organic waste separation and collection
  • Increase the knowledge and awareness of waste minimisation within the broader Greater Dandenong community

Council will provide participating schools with resources such as, a compost bin or worm farm, collection crates for classrooms, posters and artwork and a tailored action plan to assist them with their waste reduction initiatives.

Download documents below:

WMSEd Program Flyer - 2MB

WMSEd Program Expression of Interest form - 1MB

WMSEd Program Terms and Conditions - 2MB

For more information or to register for the program, contact Council’s Waste Education Officer at wasteevents@cgd.vic.gov.au.


Early Learning Centres

Waste Smart Kindy Program

The Waste Smart Kindy Program is new free waste minimisation program for Early Learning Centres, Childcare centres and kindergartens. 

A milestone program designed to be centre-focussed, supporting both educator staff and children on their journey towards minimising waste and increasing reusing and recycling in centres. 

Resources, guidance, advice and training will be provided as part of the program. This program will provide support to centres to meet their sustainability accreditation requirements as outlined in the National Quality Standards.

Registrations for the 2021 Waste Smart Kindy program have now closed. To register your interest for the 2022 program, please fill out the Expression of Interest form.

Download documents below:

Waste Smart Kindy Program Flyer - 2MB

Waste Smart Kindy Program Expression of Interest Form - 1MB

Waste Smart Kindy Program Terms and Conditions - 2MB

For more information or to register for the program, contact Council’s Waste Education Officer at wasteevents@cgd.vic.gov.au.