Waste and recycling school activities

Ku-ring-gai schools have access to a wide range of face to face and online educational resources on waste and recycling.

School workshops

Each year Council provides a number of workshops to primary schools on specific waste topics such as recycling, composting, worm farming, low waste lunches and litter reduction. The workshops are offered via email for a set time at the start of each school year. The pre-determined time allows schools to plan ahead for the visits. Workshop numbers are limited so workshop days will be allocated on a first come basis. If the number of schools requesting workshops exceeds the spots available then priority will be given to schools who didn't receive the workshops in the previous year. 

More information on Enviromentors.

School activities

Uniform recycling program * Not available until 2023

Council offers a collection program for unwearable and unusable school uniforms from primary and high schools.

Council has partnered with innovative business 'Worn Up' to remove unwearable school uniforms from landfill through transforming the old uniforms into new furniture, acoustic tiles, pet beds and other products. Three free pickups of uniforms are offered each year. 

Return and Earn support

Council offers support for schools (primary & secondary) to participate in the Return and Earn recycling program. Council will provide a 240L yellow bin for the storage of collected bottles and cans. Schools can then return the eligible containers for a 10 cent refund which can contribute to the School’s fund raising efforts.

Register your school

Online education

Future resourcers

Is a free six-week online program which delivers waste education to participating schools across Australia.

Using the principles of Education for Sustainability (EfS), the program provides education to primary and secondary school students in a fun, engaging and informative way.

This program challenges students to develop a creative and innovative solution, known as ‘The Pitch’, with a focus on waste. Schools present their solutions, and compete against other schools across the country for the ultimate title of Future Resourcers winner!

More information Veolia's Future Resourcers.

Cool Australia

Visy's education program in partnership with Cool Australia provides effective, curriculum based lesson plans. The lessons provide a consistent message on the best ways to recycle, while demystifying what material can and cannot be collected from homes and what happens to the recovered waste materials.

Over 32 teaching and learning resources have been developed on topics including resource recovery, recycling right at home and school, recycling contamination and how individual efforts can contribute to the local circular economy of recyclables. 

The curriculum based resources are available for teachers and educators across early learning, primary and secondary schools.

For more information Visy Recycling Education & Visy Program of Free Lessons.