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Primary and secondary schools

We offer programs that help schools to develop a whole-of-school approach to learning about sustainability, and offer teachers support for their classrooms.

Council offers both excursion and incursion opportunities to support sustainability education in primary and secondary schools in Bayside. 

Primary and secondary programs

Students can meet experts in age-appropriate environments. Excursions include visits to:

South East Organics Facility Tour

Students can visit the facility where Bayside's residential food and garden waste is transformed into compost for Victorian farmers. 

Tours will depart from the Bayside City Council Corporate Centre on Royal Avenue, Sandringham, where students will participate in a short workshop on waste and recycling in Bayside and basic resource recovery principles. 

Accompanied by Council's Waste Minimization Officer, students will then travel by bus to the organics facility located in Dandenong South, where facility staff will conduct a tour. Students will have the opportunity to see where their food and garden waste goes, how it is processed, and the end product. 

The tour also provides an opportunity for students to bring knowledge back to the school and present on what they learnt and how everyone can help reduce their environmental impact by changing their waste habits. A Council sustainability and waste professional will be available to visit schools following the tour to support students in creating presentations. 

Target audience: Environment captains/leaders, grades 5 - 6 or years 7 - 12. 

Group size: 15 people

Duration: 4 - 4.5 hours (including travel time)

Location: Meet at Bayside Corporate Centre (76 Royal Avenue, Sandringam VIC 3191), travel to Dandenong South facility, return to Bayside Corporate Centre. 

Cost: Free (transport to/from Bayside Corporate Centre is included). 

To find out more or book, contact Faina Levin, Council’s Waste Minimisation Officer on 9599 4799 or via email at flevin [at] bayside.vic.gov.au

 

Replas Soft Plastic Recycling Tour

The Replas Environmental Centre (REC) offers students an opportunity to discover what happens to soft plastics when they are recycled, and learn about alternative solutions for a more sustainable future. 

The REC is one of the largest soft plastic recycling centres in the southern hemisphere. This is where much of the soft plastic material from REDcycle bins goes to be turned into new products such as public amenities. A visit to the REC offers an innovative and interactive learning experience, giving students an opportunity to discover some of the answers to the problems faced by our planet. It is home to a range of products from Replas that help build a more sustainable future, and features a large exhibition area and theatre. 

Target Audience: Years 4 and up 

Maximum Participants: Up to 25 people

Duration: 45 minutes to 1 hour

Location: 27 Titan Avenue, Carrum Downs 

Cost: $200 per session (excludes transport costs)

Council subsidies to cover excursion costs (excluding transport costs) are available for Bayside schools. To find out more or book, contact Faina Levin, Council’s Waste Minimisation Officer on 9599 4799 or via email at flevin [at] bayside.vic.gov.au

 

Visy Recycling Project R Facility Tour 

Project R is an education program developed by Visy Recycling which aims to improve the quality of recycling processed at material recovery facilities (MRF). 

Students will learn about: 

  • What can and cannot be recycled in the kerbside (household) recycling system. 
  • How to ensure recyclable materials are recycled, and minimise contamination with non-recyclable materials. 
  • What other specialist recycling services are available for common household waste materials. 
  • The MRF process: what happens to materials that make their way through the Visy Recycling 'closed loop' process into new recycling products. 
  • Properties and lifecycle of the five packaging materials: paper, plastic, aluminium, steel, and glass. 

The session finishes with a tour of the Visy Cardboard Box Plant, which is the largest box plant in the Southern Hemisphere. Students will be able to see the end products of recycled paper and cardboard. 

Target audience: Grade 3 and up

Group size: Up to 30 people

Duration: 1.5 hours

Location: 118 Hammond Road, Dandenong South

Cost: $750 per session (excluding transport costs)

To find out more or book, contact Faina Levin, Council’s Waste Minimisation Officer on 9599 4799 or via email at flevin [at] bayside.vic.gov.au

Bin wise: waste and recycling in Bayside

An interactive incursion that teaches students what waste is, who makes it, where it goes and the effect on their local environment and what they can do to help. Students will learn the materials that can go in each of the kerbside bins, the basic rules of sorting their waste and alternatives to disposal.

The incursion is delivered by Council's Waste Minimization Officer, and will teach students which materials go in each of the kerbside bins, the basic rules of sorting waste, where each type of material goes, and what the end product looks like. The workshop will also cover kerbside resource recovery facilities such as soft plastic and e-waste recycling. 

Target audience: This session can be tailored to suit groups from early learning to secondary school. 

Group size: up to 30 students. 

Duration: 1 - 1.5 hours.

Location: Your school or early learning centre.

Cost: Free 

To find out more or book, contact Faina Levin, Council’s Waste Minimisation Officer on 9599 4799 or via email at flevin [at] bayside.vic.gov.au

 

Visy Recycling Incursion

Visy Recycling provide waste education sessions to schools at their own campuses. Students will learn about what can and cannot be recycled, and how recyclable material is sorted and reprocessed. 

The session will include a fun interactive activity for students to test their recycling knowledge and earn prize giveaways. 

Target audience: This session can be tailored to suit groups from early learning to secondary school. 

Group size: Up to 60 students. 

Duration: 1.5 hours. 

Location: Your school or early learning centre. 

Cost: $750 

To find out more or book, contact Faina Levin, Council’s Waste Minimisation Officer on 9599 4799 or via email at flevin [at] bayside.vic.gov.au

Other resources and programs

Tomorrow's Leaders for Sustainability is a mentorship program with an emphasis on peer-to-peer teaching. Mentors from the Port Phillip EcoCentre spend 1 to 2 hours per week over 1 or 2 terms guiding students through leadership activities, sustainability projects and time investigation local environments.

Facilitated by the Port Phillip EcoCentre, the program is available as a full or part-funded program to Bayside schools. For more information go to the Port Phillip EcoCentre website

Register for the Tomorrow's Leaders for Sustainability scholarship

Teachers may register their interest in a Tomorrow's Leaders for Sustainability scholarship for their primary or secondary school. Please contact the Claire Brace from Environmental Sustainability on (03) 9599 4495.

A celebration of sustainability and an opportunity for kids to teach other kids about topics and projects that they have conceived and developed themselves. Supported by Council, this annual event takes place in September and is facilitated by the Port Phillip EcoCentre. For more information go to the Port Phillip EcoCentre website.

We offer a range of support tools for teachers including a professional education and learning network, a sustainability newsletter and more. Go to the Principals and teachers webpage or contact the Claire Brace from Environmental Sustainability on (03) 9599 4495.