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Waste and Recycling

Waste and Recycling

Schools Waste Education Program

Education on minimising waste and increasing recycling starts at school. Schools play a vital role in communicating these messages to children, families and throughout our community.

Council provides a range of free waste education programs for Early Learning Centres, primary and secondary schools within the municipality and can also assist schools in establishing a recycling and composting program.

Waste Education Classroom Sessions

These sessions engage students on important issues relating to waste and the environment.

Sessions run for 30-45 minutes with a maximum of 30 students per session.

Assembly, teacher and parent presentations are also available.

Sessions on the following topics are available: 

  • Compost and worm farms
  • Reduce, reuse, recycle
  • Litter in the environment
  • Waste wise shopping
  • Rubbish free lunches

Download Early Learning Centre Waste Education program flyer

Download School Waste Education program flyer

For more information or to book a session, contact Council's Waste Education Officer at

Waste Minimisation School Education (WMSEd) Program

The Waste Minimisation School Education Program (WMSEd) is an initiative that has been developed by Greater Dandenong Council to help schools with the development and implementation of a waste minimisation action plan.

The program is facilitated by an experienced waste educator who will aid schools to develop and implement action plans to minimise waste and improve recycling efforts. The program is tailored to each participating school’s individual goals and specific school community.

The main objectives of the WMSEd program are:

  • To engage schools in managing their waste according to the waste hierarchy, i.e. identify opportunities for avoidance, reduction and reuse

  • To assist schools in the development of a Waste Minimisation Action Plan

  • To reduce the volume of waste being generated in participating schools through implementation of recycling/organic waste separation and collection

  • Increase the knowledge and awareness of waste minimisation within the broader Greater Dandenong community

Council will provide participating schools with resources such as, a compost bin or worm farm, collection crates for classrooms, posters and artwork and a tailored action plan to assist them with their waste reduction initiatives.

For more information or to register for the program, contact Council’s Waste Education Officer at