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Waste Education

This page provides information on Council's school and community waste education programs, which is coordinated by EnviroCom Australia on behalf of Council. 


Schools Waste Education Program 

Primary and secondary schools are eligible for free waste education presentations as part of Council's 'Wipe Out Waste' program.

For an overview of  the sessions offered through the 'Wipe Out Waste' program download the Primary School Wipe Out Waste Program or the Secondary School Wipe Out Waste Program.

To book a waste education presentation please contact Council's Waste Education Officer.

Primary and secondary schools which participate in the Wipe out Waste program are also eligible for a free worm farm or compost bin (providing one hasn't been provided by Council previously).

Council's early learning centre incursion program was recently superseded by a professional development program which is delivered to centres.  As part of the professional development program each centre was provided with a free waste education kit which includes two story books and follow up activities, two posters and a waste calculator to help centres assess their waste and create action plans.  Council can further support early learning centres with reducing waste by providing free worm farms and worms or compost bins. Please note that there is a limited number of these available each year. You can request one, or go on to the waiting list, by contacting Council's Waste Education Officer.

View useful school resources for Waste Education.  



Community Waste Education Program

Council runs a range of workshops, tours, competitions and engagement activities for the community throughout the year.  These activities include:

  • Composting, worm farming & Boakshi workshops
  • Tours of the Material Recovery Facility (MRF) where the recycling from our yellow-lidded bins are taken
  • Tour of the garden waste processing facility where the material from our green-lidded bins are taken
  • Op shop tours
  • Waste and recycling presentations
  • Competitions
  • Reuse workshops
If you're interested in attending one of these events, or would like to be placed on the mailing list, please contact Council's Waste Education Officer.


Love Food Hate Waste

Each week Victorian’s throw out 250,000 tonnes of food! For an individual household, this is equivalent to throwing away $2,200 worth of food each year.  We’re not intentionally throwing away food and money, sometimes life gets in the way. 

Fortunately, Sustainability Victoria has developed the Love Food Hate Waste campaign to help us reduce the amount of food waste that we throw away. 

Visit the Love Food Hate Waste website for tips on:

  • Menu planning
  • BBQ and party planning
  • Healthy eating
  • Saving time and money
  • Creating smart shopping lists
  • Shopping seasonal
  • Storage dos and don’ts
  • Storing food in the fridge, freezer and pantry
  • Using leftovers (including over 50 delicious recipes and how-to videos!)

Follow the Love Food Hate Waste Facebook page and keep up to date with the latest tips, tricks and hints for reducing waste and saving money!



The Back to Earth Initiative

Garden waste that is placed into the City of Kingston's green waste bin is transported to the organics processing facility where it is composted and used by farmers.  

To see what happens to your garden waste view the short videos below. 

The Back to Earth Initiative
Follow your green waste on a journey from the green waste bin to farmland (2.26mins).

 Longevity - Bandicoot Organics, Serpentine

See how your garden waste is used for sustainable farming (1.15mins).

Insight - H V McNab & Son, Ardmona
See how your green waste can turn a full circle (1.10mins).

For further information or to view more videos visit the Back to Earth website

 



Recycling tips

Items from your yellow lidded recycling bin go to the Materials Recovery Facility to be sorted and baled into piles of glass, steel, aluminium, paper and cardboard and hard plastics.

  • Plastic bottle caps are recyclable!  Crush the bottle to remove the air and then replace the lid, this helps to make sure the lid makes it through the recovery process.
  • You don't need to remove labels on jars and bottles, just place the empty bottle straight in to your recycling bin.
  • Only glass jars and bottles can go in the recycling bin at home.  Other items like mirrors, pyrex, light globes, window glass, ceramics, drinking glass etc melt at varying temperatures and can contaminate the recycling process.
  • You can put any rigid, or hard, plastic in your home recycle bin.  The only plastics that can't go in are 'soft' plastics like shopping bags, cling film, bread bags, rice and frozen food bags.  These soft plastics can be taken back to your supermarket to be recycled through the RED cycle program.
  • Aerosol cans can be recycled!  Just make sure they're empty before you put them in your recycle bin.
  • Polystyrene packaging can't go in your yellow-lidded recycle bin.  It is too brittle to make it through the recovery process and can create litter at the sorting facility.  Monash Transfer Station currently collects polystyrene for recycling.   Click here for more information.
  • Drop off you household batteries for free recycling at Aldi supermarkets, Officeworks and Harvey Norman for recycling for free.
  • Don't put your recycling in plastic bags!  Bagged recycling ends up going to landfill because it's too dangerous and time consuming for hand sorters to open the bags.  Don't let your recycling go to waste - keep your recycling loose!
  • Aluminium foil and trays can be recycled in your yellow-lidded recycle bin!  Scrunching them up in to a ball helps them to make it through the sorting process.
  • Food left in containers changes the weight of the material and prevents it from being sorted correctly.  Always empty your drink and food containers before placing them in your recycle bin.  Tip - you don't need to wash your recycling, just make sure they're empty!