Waste Wise Ways School Accreditation Program
The Lismore City Council Waste Wise Ways Education Program has been developed to assist primary schools (kindergarten to Year 6) within the Lismore Local Government Area to develop and coordinate their own waste minimisation programs. The program focuses on curriculum integration, hands-on learning and excursions, and school operational practices.
The Waste Wise Ways Education Program is an accreditation program, where a school registers an interest to participate and then works through an accreditation process. This process commences with the school developing a Waste Minimisation Policy and culminates with the submission of a Waste Wise Ways Portfolio to Lismore City Council.
At the completion of the accreditation program, schools receive a certificate that is presented by the Mayor of Lismore City Council.
The Program Operation Manual, Portfolio Guide, Curriculum Guide, and Topic and Activity Booklets make it simple for a school to integrate waste minimisation into the school’s teaching program.
The program is unique in that each school can use the resources to best suit their educational needs and use them as much or as little as required.
The Waste Wise Ways Education Program has been designed to:
- Increase student awareness and understanding of waste management issues in their local environment, and assist in bridging the gap between attitudes and behaviours in waste management practices.
- Provide basic skills and motivation for students to participate actively in waste avoidance and recovery at home and at school (e.g. re-use, smart shopping, composting, worm farming and recycling).
- Build a closer relationship with schools, focussing on the students as ‘ambassadors’ of ‘waste wise ways’ behaviour, spreading the message within their social circles and families.
- Broaden student perceptions of the Lismore Recycling & Recovery Centre as an integrated resource recovery facility encompassing a Revolve Centre, Resource Recovery Facility, Materials Recovery Facility, Organics Processing Facility, landfill, and the Lismore Rainforest Botanic Gardens.
- Provide support to schools implementing waste management programs through Council’s Waste Education Officer.
The Waste Wise Ways Education Program will get your school recognised for its great work in waste management, plus it provides interactive and fun learning opportunities, and helps save money through lower energy and water use.
To find out more or to register for the program, phone us on 1300 87 83 87.