Waste Education

Greater Shepparton City Council offers a variety of waste education events and services, with the goal of informing and working with our community to reduce waste going to landfill. Council’s Waste Education Officer facilitates site tours, presentations, clean-ups and other engagement activities for schools and the wider community throughout the year.

"Follow your rubbish" 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 waste@shepparton.vic.gov.au

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

  • Western Composting Technology
    Western Composting Technology is a facility right here in Shepparton that processes the organic waste collected from our region’s household bins and turns it into compost.
  • Shepparton Resource Recovery Centre
    The Shepparton Resource Recovery Centre 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 can't 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.

Find out more about tour options available for schools and community groups:

Council regularly hosts free community Follow Your Rubbish Tours, if you are interested in attending contact Council’s Customer Service on 03 5832 9700 or email waste@shepparton.vic.gov.au

School talks on recycling and waste minimisation

Presentations about recycling, littering, organic waste and waste minimisation can be given by Council's Waste Education Officer and can be tailored for different age groups, from early learning, primary school, to secondary school levels.

Presentations are given free of charge.

Waste-free school programs

Need some inspiration and tips on how to reduce waste production at school? Check out the Waste-Free School Programs booklet for links and information on multiple waste-free initiatives.

Other resources

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, visit Goulburn Valley Water's Resource Smart Schools page, or 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 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.
  • Bottle for Botol is a social enterprise that works with Australian and Indonesian schools to help prevent plastic waste entering our water streams, rivers and oceans.
  • 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.   

Community education

Interested in reducing your own waste production at home? Check out some great resources to get you started:

  • 1 Million Women - is a movement that provides loads of tips and resources on fighting climate change through our everyday lives.
  • Boomerang Bags - works to reduce the use of plastic bags by engaging local communities in the making of Boomerang Bags – community made using recycled materials, Boomerang Bags provide a free, fun, sustainable alternative to plastic bags.
  • Plastic Free July - aims to raise awareness of the problems and amount of single-use disposable plastic in our lives and challenges people to do something about it. You can sign up for a day, a week or the whole month and try to refuse ALL single-use plastic or try the TOP 4: plastic bags, water bottles, takeaway coffee cups and straws.
  • Plastic Bag Free Victoria - Stop Bagging Victoria and be part of the solution by saying no to plastic bags.
  • Responsible Cafes - connects thoughtful cafes with conscious consumers with the aim of reducing the use of disposable take away cups.
  • Take 3 for The Sea - Take 3 pieces of rubbish with you when you leave the beach, waterway or… anywhere, and you’ve made a difference.

Clean Up Australia

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

Alternatively you can host an everyday clean-up throughout the year.

Back to Earth initiative

Learn what happens to your food and garden 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 garden waste collection service correctly, in order to help create useful compost products and reduce the amount of organic waste being dumped in landfill.

Back to Earth Initiative

Love Food Hate Waste

Host your own community screening of the insightful documentary Just Eat It: A food waste story. This documentary explores the environmental and social impacts of wasting food. The Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI) has created the Just Eat It Education Resource which provides teaching and learning activities relating to the film.

Council’s Waste Education Officer can facilitate food waste workshops where participants will 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.

Bin audits

Students engage in a school waste audit to determine the quantities and makeup of the waste generated at school. This baseline data is collected to calculate the total waste output of the school. Students investigate landfill, co-mingled recycling, paper and organic waste. Based on the data collected, schools can explore how to reduce their waste production. Find out more about school waste audits.

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.