Waste education in action at Kempsey Adventist School

Published on 30 June 2021

Year 1 students from kempsey adventist school

Teaching school aged students on the importance of targeted waste and environmental education within the Macleay Valley schooling network has never been more fun and engaging with the roll out of a new school-based program.

Kempsey Shire Council has arranged Impact Environmental Education to deliver curriculum-based waste and sustainability learning activities throughout primary schools in the Shire with a Year 1 class at Kempsey Adventist School participating in the Look Beyond Your Bin workshop.

Look Beyond Your Bin is a sixty minute workshop that explores the journey waste takes from household bins all the way to their respective disposal stations.

Students were also involved in waste sorting activities involving red, yellow and green bins to organise general waste, recyclables and organics waste while the educator explained how vital this is to environmental sustainability.

Kempsey Shire Council Waste Resource Officer, Louise Hoade, attended the Look Beyond Your Bin workshop and was delighted to see the students enthusiastically participate in activities and utilising what they had learnt to complete these tasks.

“Sorting waste into the right bin is vital to sustaining the environment and for the students to understand the impacts on landfill and the environment if this is not done correctly was really great to see.”

Impact Environmental Education Programs Director, Jacqui Murray, said schools play a vital role in developing sustainable communities through their waste education programs.

“These students are the future and it is very important to teach them from a young age how developing positive waste management habits can improve their community and quality of life.”

Impact Environmental Education school programs provide an enjoyable educational experience for students from Kindergarten to Year 6, with workshops developed to suit differing year groups.

Educators wishing to enquire about workshops being delivered at their school can contact Kempsey Shire Council’s Waste Team on 02 6566 3200.

*Please note, this workshop took place on 23 June 2021, before NSW Government introduced restrictions on indoor gatherings.

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