Victorian Waste Education Conference 2017

Delegates attending the 2017 Waste Education ConferenceKalorama in the Dandenongs provided an ideal backdrop to this year’s Victorian Waste Education Conference from 12-13 September.

More than 100 educators and those with a passion for delivering successful waste, recycling and litter projects attended the conference on each of the two days.

This year’s conference theme Sharing Stories including sessions on cross-cultural communication, empowering messages to create action, digital engagement, the art of corporate story-telling, and using data to create story hooks that influence.

Presented by SV and Metropolitan Waste and Resource Recovery Group, the conference also featured engaging presentations from a range of organisations including Zoos Victoria and the Australian Conservation Foundation.

Day one conference presentations are included below. For information about content from day two, please contact the speaker or organisation directly.

Day one

Australian Conservation Foundation

Framing and values, and the importance of these from a long term environmental and behaviour change perspective.

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Zoos Victoria

The evolution of the zoo’s purpose and it’s 20-year strategy. How the zoo has gained public support for biodiversity issues through the Zoo experience.

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Advanced Market Research

Social research and community attitudes towards food and garden (FOGO) organics.

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Sustainability Victoria

General update

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Metro Waste and Resource Recovery Group

General update

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Regional Waste and Resource Recovery Groups

General update

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Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning

Waste policy consultations

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Day two

For details about these presentations please contact the speaker or organisation directly.

E- Waste: Sustainability Victoria

Did you know that e-waste is the fastest growing waste stream in Victoria?

Overview of the upcoming e-waste ban and information about engaging with your community on the ban.v


Optimising Kerbside Collection: panel

Panel discussion involving key decision makers from government and industry about optimising kerbside collection services.


Using Data to Create Story Hooks that Influence: The Baykeeper

What will Influence your audiences and how could you go about obtaining this information?

Engaging communities to collect data has been central to building momentum on the issue of ocean microplastics


Pop- Up Drive- thru Recycling Days/Second-Hand Saturday: SCR Group

Different ways to engage on re-use and recycling

Gain an understanding of Pop Up Drive-Thru Recycling Day events and how you can support residents to re-use and recycle pre-loved household items.


Cross Cultural Communication: CQ Consulting

How equipped are you to communicate with your changing community?

Gain and understanding of strategies and tools for engaging with diverse communities in delivering waste and resource recovery projects.


Digital Engagement: Australian Centre for the Moving Image

Engagement is changing and so are the tools and mediums in which we engage.

Learn how to synthesise a story using multimedia tools and gain an understanding of how to construct a digital story.


Framing and Engagement: Empowering messages to create action: Panel

Empowering messages to create action

Learn about how different organisations develop programs and campaigns that engage with the community.


The Art of Corporate Storytelling: Writers Victoria

Stories are a fundamental pillar in engaging with audiences.

Learn how to use fewer words to create a stronger message and develop a creative and energetic message for your project.

More information

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If you have any suggestions about the types of events and activities you’d like to see next year, tweet us @sustainvic or email: waste.education@sustainability.vic.gov.au

Want to know more? Get in touch with:

Ki Halstead

Waste Education Strategy Lead

+61 3 8626 8710

ki.halstead@sustainability.vic.gov.au