Council provides waste services, education programs and resources to help schools become waste minimised. Council also coordinates or supports several waste reduction initiatives for schools provided by other agencies.
School Waste Service
Council’s school waste service ensures that all local schools have access to a convenient and reliable garbage and recycling service.
Using Council's school waste service is optional; however, all schools must have an appropriate service either from Council or private contractor.
See charges below, excluding GST:
Description Fee Commercial Waste Management Charges, School Service Charges, 240L Garbage Service Charge $504.00 Commercial Waste Management Charges, School Service Charges, 240L Recycling Service Charge $145.00
Education Services & Resources
Council offers and supports a diversity of waste education services and resources for its local schools. They help meet the learning objectives of the NSW syllabus for the Australian Curriculum Science and Technology K–6 and the Early Years Learning Framework and include:
Council Waste Incursions
Waste and recycling talks are provided by Cleanaway Centre for Sustainability on behalf of Council to educate students about waste and the environment, waste reduction and recycling. For more information, or to arrange a waste talk or workshop for your school, contact Council using the enquiry form.
Recycled Bins for Return and Earn
Schools that have a Council waste service may be eligible for FREE used bins to use for the collection of drink containers for Return and Earn. Depending on availability, these used bins vary in size 80L, 120L and 240L and lid colour, may have minor damage but are still functional. Otherwise bins that are broken and beyond repair are sent off to be recycled into new plastic products!
Enquire about FREE used bins for your school.
School Waste Audit
If your school is looking to reduce its waste (and waste bills) but doesn’t know where to start, then a waste audit is a great way to find out the amount and the types of waste generated by your school. Waste audits can involve one representative class or the whole school! You can use this information to plan ways to reduce your overall waste through avoidance, reuse, and recycling.
Waste audits can also help achieve curriculum objectives with students using a range of mathematical, literacy and inquiry skills as they progress through the audit.
You can download the guide to conducting a school waste audit from the NSW Department of Education website.
Council Waste Resources
Council offers several waste resources to local schools to assist them in their waste reduction journey. You can download the factsheets or contact Council using the enquiry form below.
- Set up a worm farm and make natural fertiliser for your school garden
- Set up a compost bin
- Mulch or chip prunings for reuse in the school garden
- Look for ways to reuse, renovate or recycle other household goods
- Plastics Recycling Guide - Look for the recycle symbol on plastic containers
- Mini bins and educational bins
- A3 waste truck cardboard cut out
- Waste colouring and activity sheets
Speaking 4 the Planet
Speaking 4 the Planet (S4P) is a public speaking and drama competition for high school students as part of UN Celebrations for World Environment Day on 5 June. Together with the usual Speaking, Drama and Art Categories, more recent categories include Meme, TikTok and Video.
As part of the UN’s launch of a Decade of Ecosystem Restoration, the Sydney Metropolitan S4P 2021 theme is Rewind the clock – reverse ecosystem degradation. For more information about how your school can get involved S4P, visit S4P website.
KABNSW – EnviroMentors
EnviroMentors is an incursion-based sustainability education program delivered by Keep Australia Beautiful NSW (KABNSW), catering for primary students from Early Stage 1 to Stage 3. KABNSW run a number of workshops a day for individual classes (or up to 35 students per workshop) designed to engage students through movement and fun activities.
The following EnviroMentors waste modules are offered to schools by Council:
- Recycling - Students find out what and how new items are made from recycled materials.
- In the Bin - Students learn which bin to place waste items in and consequences of incorrect bin use.
- Lunches Unwrapped - Designed for schools wanting to reduce littering and excess packaging in school lunchboxes, students are introduced to the idea of waste-free lunches.
- Litter - Students have the chance to learn interactively as they act out and brainstorm environmental and social impacts of littering.
Macarthur SEED is a forum for teachers and parents, associated with schools in the Macarthur region, to discuss new environmental sustainability initiatives and programs for more effective learning. The network meets each term to discuss current environmental projects, hear about upcoming Events and connect teachers and parents who have a passion for sustainability education in our schools.
Schools Clean Up Day
As part of the Clean Up Australia Day initative, Schools Clean Up is a great way to inspire students to learn about the impact of rubbish on their local environment while playing an active role in their community. It's a day when students and teachers work together to clean up an area that is special to them - the playground, a local park, or maybe bushland near their school.
School Clean Ups cater for students of preschools, primary schools, and early education. Register for Schools Clean Up here!
Planet Ark’s Schools Recycle Right Challenge
The Schools Recycle Right Challenge runs from early October to mid-November and offers a wide range of recycling themed activities, lesson plans and events ideas that have been developed specifically for Australian schools. The aim of the Getting Started Guide is to assist planning for your school's National Recycling Week activities.
Check out the new Australasian Recycling Label lesson plans too!
Bins for School Events
If your school is hosting a fete, sporting or special event, you may consider using Council’s event bin service. This service includes delivery and collection of bins (minimum of 10 bins), labelled bin caps and tipping expenses. For guidance regarding the number of bins required for your school event based on food and beverage stalls and expected number of attendees, visit Waste Bins for Events on Council’s website.
A minimum order of 10 bins for your event at a cost of $17.00 per bin. Please complete and submit to Council a Special Event bin form four weeks prior to your event.
Brand without a bottle
The Brand without a Bottle is short film project designed for Secondary Years 7 & 8 English students to build their persuasive skills in a fun and engaging way to encourage others to choose tap over bottled water. It’s a great opportunity to help address single-use plastic bottle waste.
Complete the enquiry form for your school here: