Primary School Sustainability Program Launch

Primary school children across the Dubbo Regional, Narromine Shire and Mid-Western Regional Council areas will be learning about their environmental responsibilities through a series of sustainability education workshops focused on organic waste recycling and reducing packaging.

The three councils have engaged sustainability education consultancy Impact Environmental Education, to offer their fun and engaging sessions to all K-6 students across the three-council area. Registration is open now, with delivery of the 2019 workshops to commence during Term 2.

The program is part of an ongoing collaboration between the three councils which began last year with the regional introduction of a new Food and Garden Waste bin.

“The interactive workshops educate students on how they can reduce the impacts of waste on our local environment and provide kids with practical tips they can use at home,” Mark Giebel, Manager of Solid Waste for Dubbo Regional Council said.

“Choosing the right bin not only reduces the impacts of landfill on our environment but also reduces costs to our local community. The school programs are a great way to educate kids on what happens to their waste after it goes in the bin and to get them involved in minimising the effect of waste on our society” added Mr Giebel.

Modules include “Everything Organic” featuring a video of the processes involved at the Dubbo Regional Organics Processing Plant (DROPP) run by waste contractor JR Richards & Sons. It teaches students about the role we all play in the systems within our world, with particular emphasis on the recycling of organic waste resources. The ‘All Packaged Out’ module raises students’ awareness of the abundance of packaging waste in our society, encourages waste-free lunches and identifies ways in which we can all consume less packaging.

Workshop Developer, Jacqui Murray, said waste education at the school level plays an important role in developing sustainable communities.

“Young people learning about how to take responsibility for their waste, and how they fit into the systems all around us in our community, fosters respect for the place in which we live and for those who we share it with” Ms Murray said.

“While the focus for the children is learning and having fun, the program also delivers economic, social and environmental benefits to our community.”

Impact Environmental Education has been running workshops in schools since 2015. Last year the program educated 3500 students and 150 teaching staff across the Port Macquarie- Hastings Council area.

Class teacher at St Columba Anglican School, Port Macquarie, Ann-Kathrin Kiehn, said the workshops reinforced the school’s existing sustainability initiatives and complemented the teaching of sustainability within the syllabus.

“Children definitely have the power to make a significant impact on their environment, both at school and in their home lives. I have no doubt our students have taken home information they’ve learnt during these workshops, and positively influenced the waste practices of their family and friends,” Ms Kiehn said.

For more information, Schools can contact Impact Environment Education directly on education@impactenviro.com.au

Last Edited: 05 Feb 2019

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