Waste Education

Greater Shepparton City Council has a waste educator available to talk to schools, community groups and residents. Presentations can cover various areas of waste such as consumerism, waste minimisation, sustainability and Council’s waste services.

Presentations can be tailored to meet your organisation’s needs.


When planning for 2016 consider utilising our free education services and find out about our upcoming events. Learn more about our upcoming events by reading our newsletter pass issues below. You can also subscribe to our email newsletter here.

Site tours

Tours of the following facilities are free of charge and are accompanied by a member of Council's Waste Services team. To discuss booking a tour, please contact us on 03 5832 9700 or email council@shepparton.vic.gov.au

Please note that schools and community groups need to organise their own transport.

Western Composting Technology (WCT)

Western Composting is a processing facility that processes Council's organic waste collected from the household kerbside collections. WCT processes organic waste including food and garden waste from across Victoria.

Shepparton Resource Recovery Centre (SRRC)

SRRC is designed to maximise the re-use and recycling of items that don’t typically go into your household kerbside bins. Come and learn what you can and cannot recycle and how your waste is managed.

Cosgrove Landfill

Come and learn where your general waste (red lid bin) ends up and how this waste is managed. This site tour includes a visit to the gas extraction facility that utilises gases produced by Cosgrove landfill sites to create renewable electricity.

Food waste workshops

Get practical tips and tools to save money, reduce your environmental impact and receive some take home tools (e.g. recipe cards, carry bags) to reduce food waste. 

Back to Earth initiative 

Learn what happens to your green waste after it’s been picked up and the benefits of sending our organic waste back to earth. The Back to Earth Initiative encourages community members to use council’s green waste collection service correctly, in order to help create useful compost products and reduce the amount of organic waste dumped in landfill.

For more information check out the Back to Earth website. 

Clean Up Australia

Council will provide support for schools, individuals or community groups across Greater Shepparton in hosting a clean-up event. 

School talks on recycling and waste minimisation

Presentations via incursions about recycling, littering, organic waste and waste minimisation can be given by Council's waste educator and can be tailored for primary to secondary levels.

Presentations are given free of charge.

Education support for schools certified in the Resource Smart program

Schools within Greater Shepparton that commit to certification in the Resource Smart (Sustainable Schools) program are encouraged to utilise Council's waste education officer to complete actions associated with the Waste or Core module of the Resource Smart program. For more information on Resource Smart, contact Goulburn Valley Water on 03 5832 4868.

Resources for teachers on waste and recycling

There are many readily available resources for teachers and students interested in environmental education.

  • Initiatives such as Planet Ark’s Recycling Near You and Get it Right on Bin Night provide information on which items can be recycled, and where. 
  • Cool Australia provides loads of free activities and resources on sustainability that are curriculum linked for teachers and students.
  • Food Wise is a great resource that provides practical advice and information on what you can do to solve the problems associated with our food system.
  • Sustainable Table uses food as an entrée to explore sustainability issues, with loads of information around seasonal produce, free range, ethical food choices and reducing waste.
  • Kids Teaching Kids is a program that promotes positive wellbeing and helps build resilience in young people. It raises awareness and drives action on local and global environmental issues, bringing communities together to solve common challenges and help the next generation of leaders who will take collective responsibility for our future. 
  • Keep Australia Beautiful is dedicated to creating a litter free and sustainable Australia. The website has loads of information on KAB programs, campaigns, facts and funding opportunities.
  • Clean Up Australia Day is the nation’s largest community-based environmental event with hundreds of community organisations hosting a clean-up each year. You can participate in a business clean up, schools clean up or a clean-up everyday event.   

Other great resources

  • The Story of Stuff: Annie Leonard has original and sequel videos to get you thinking about the real cost of consumerism.
  • The Great Pacific Garbage Patch is a man-made phenomenon with stark environmental impacts.
  • The Majestic Plastic Bag is a short film that encourages individuals to think about convenience items and the impact they are having on our planet.