School Sustainability & Waste Education Program Underway

A series of waste and sustainability education workshops have commenced in primary schools across the region as part of a three-Council initiative.

Narromine Shire, Dubbo Regional and Mid-Western Regional Councils began collaborating in 2018 with the introduction of a Food and Garden Waste Service. This partnership has continued and broadened into regional waste education with schools prioritised as part of an annual program.

The three (3) Councils have engaged education consultancy Impact Environmental Education, to offer the program to all primary schools in 2019. Impact Environmental Education have an established program of fun and interactive classroom sessions designed for K-6 students.

Workshop Developer, Jacqui Murray, said “While the focus for the children is learning and having fun, the program also delivers economic, social and environmental benefits to communities.

The teachers who have experienced the program with their students have also commented that it is also an educational experience for them, aiding in the teaching of sustainability within the curriculum.”

Modules offered in this first year, have a focus on organics recycling and food packaging waste. The workshops reinforce existing sustainability initiatives in schools and complement the teaching of sustainability within the syllabus.

Council’s General Manager, Jane Redden commented “we have been thrilled by the uptake by schools this year. More than 4900 students across the three-council area will participate in the workshops which we hope will grow a culture of responsibility in the home towards waste.”

For more information, Schools can contact Impact Environment Education directly through email at

Media Contacts: Narromine Shire Council, General Manager, Jane Redden T: 0407 438 422

Image: Natalie Bowen, Impact Environmental Education’s Educator with students from St. Augustine’s Parish School in Narromine.