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Future without Waste

About The Program

We are drowning in our own waste! How did we get to this situation and how do we get out of it? What are the best ways to solve this problem? You may have heard that there are a number of issues associated with recycling. If we want to work towards Zero Waste then there are lots of things we can do in addition to recycling, and many of these options are actually better than recycling. In this session we explore all the different options and look at everything that you can do as an individual to help your home and school work towards Zero Waste.
  • Why do we have such a big waste problem?
  • Is recycling really the best option when dealing with our waste problem?
  • Is it really fully recycled?
  • What are the better options?
  • What are the five R’s of waste reduction?
  • What is a circular economy? (Years 3-8)
  • What can we do at home and school to reduce our waste?
Incursion Duration:
45 mins
Year Level:
Group Size:
$150 +GST for up to 50 students
Program Themes:
Zero waste, recycling, reuse, repair, repurpose, composting
  • F-2 Everyday materials can be physically changed or combined with other materials in a variety of ways for particular purposes (VCSSU045)
  • 3-4 Natural and processed materials have a range of physical properties; these properties can influence their use (VCSSU060)
  • 5-6 Scientific understandings, discoveries and inventions are used to inform personal and community decisions and to solve problems that directly affect people’s lives (VCSSU073)
  • 7-8 Science and technology contribute to finding solutions to a range of contemporary issues; these solutions may impact on other areas of society and involve ethical considerations (VCSSU090)
In this session students will explore a live online interactive presentation to learn about:
  • Why we have such a waste problem
  • Why recycling is not the only or best solution
  • The 5 R’s of Zero Waste Living
  • Exploring each of these in detail: Refuse, Reduce, Recycle, Reuse, Recycle, Rot
  • Challenge the students to their own Zero Waste Challenge
  • Explore the concepts of Linear and Circular Economies (Years 3-8)
After this presentation, there will be a Q&A session with an EcoCentre educator. Students will also be encouraged to carry out follow-up activities from the resources provided.

This incursion is delivered online using Zoom. A teacher and class can join the session from the classroom or remotely from home. A meeting link and instructions will be sent out with the booking confirmation. Minimum group size is 20, maximum group size is 50.
An invoice will be forwarded after the incursion is completed. The fee covers our programs administration costs. Please book your incursion at least 7 days in advance – we are unable to accept last-minute bookings.

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Please note, outdoor excursions only run on Tues, Wed, Thursdays.

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The EcoCentre acknowledges the Kulin Nations, including the Yalukit Willam clan of the Boon Wurrung language group, traditional custodians of the land on which we are located.

We pay respects to their Elders past and present, and extend that respect to other First Nations and Elder members of our multicultural community.