In Victorian schools, the majority of waste is made up of food, paper and packaging, as well as glass, plastic and aluminium.
The Waste Module helps schools minimise waste sent to landfill through the operational practices of ‘reduce, reuse, recycle’, and save on bills. In addition to saving money, there are many social and environmental advantages to reducing waste consumption, such as minimising our impact on the environment.
Building waste reduction into every aspect of school life not only benefits our environment, it also helps schools reduce costs and improves quality of life for the community. This is increasingly important for the reputation of schools as students, teachers and parents become aware of climate change and other environmental issues facing our communities.
It involves three key areas:
Assess how waste is managed in school by using audits and litter assessments. Create a waste and litter reduction plan, learn to manage litter in school grounds and yard (e.g. food and garden waste) and improve management of recyclables.
Explore curriculum activities that engage students in learning to manage waste and resources more effectively.
Encourage the whole school to work on waste by engaging teachers, students, parents and the wider community.
If signing up and committing to the ResourceSmart Schools program it is recommended to start and complete the Core Module first then proceed with other Modules in any order or the same time. If not signing up to the program, schools can utilise the Waste resources to become more sustainable.
The Waste module has 63 actions. To complete the module, schools need to complete a minimum of 47 actions.
25 August 2017 – A list of all actions to help each school through the ResourceSmart Schools program Waste module.
18 July 2019 – A resource for reducing waste in Victorian schools.
17 March 2021 – Tools for secondary schools to undertake their annual waste audit.
18 July 2019 – Helping schools to build sustainability into their curriculum in all subject areas from foundation to grade six.
ResourceSmart Schools Education TeamSustainability Victoria1300 363 firstname.lastname@example.org