School Waste Education Project

COOLmob is very excited to announce we have received grant funding from both the NT Government as well as the City of Darwin Council to deliver a waste education project in up to 15 different class groups, across 10 schools in Darwin. 

This Project will be delivered in both primary and high schools in 2019. COOLmob recognises that schools, teachers and students are all key stakeholders in achieving positive community waste educational outcomes. Building waste education around reduction benefits our environment and increases knowledge and capacity for change within the community.

If your school would like to be a part of this Project, please email COOLmob

Years 3 & 4 Program 

What will we cover?

Throughout this Program students will:

  • Conduct a waste audit of bins after lunch 
  • Attend an excursion to NTRS Recycling Facility as well as Shoal Bay Waste Facility
  • Take home a booklet for families covering tips to decrease waste at home, as well as information on yellow bin recycling, soft plastics and e-waste recycling, low-waste shopping, how to conduct a waste audit at home and where to find more info!
  • Learn about the five R’s of waste
  • Play a recycling game to understand which household objects are recyclable
  • Identify household items that are non-recyclable in the yellow bin but able to be recycled or repurposed elsewhere 
  • Identify ways their families can change their behaviour at home
  • Use waste audit results to brainstorm ways the school can decrease waste 
  • A take-home soft plastics challenge 

Years 7 & 8 Program 

What will we cover?

Throughout this Program students will:

  • Understand the relationship between waste and the climate, and learn to interpret the waste hierarchy 
  • Identify household items that are non-recyclable in the yellow bin but able to be recycled or repurposed elsewhere  
  • Conduct a waste audit, including understanding how to weigh and tabulate findings. Use these findings to critically analyse ways students could reduce lunchtime waste
  • Identify ways students and families can change their behaviour in the home to reduce waste   
  • Attend and excursion to the NTRS Recycling Facility and Shoal Bay Waste Facility 
  • Explore the idea of a circular economy. Critically analyse a local waste stream currently going to either Shoal Bay Waste Facility or NRTS Recycling Facility. Identify alternate options for reuse for this waste stream within a closed loop framework
  • Take home a booklet for families covering tips to decrease waste at home, as well as information on yellow bin recycling, soft plastics and e-waste recycling, low-waste shopping, how to conduct a waste audit at home and where to find more info!
  • A take-home soft plastics challenge