Waste education

Our Waste Education officer engages with the community through a range of events, programs and partnerships to influence positive waste and recycling behaviours.

Programs and services are provided to schools to better educate our younger generation in waste and recycling, which seeks to encourage them to make sustainable choices well into the future.

For information on talks, presentations, tours or worm farms contact us via resourceeducator@melton.vic.gov.au.


Presentations and talks about recycling and waste minimisation can be given on site by Council's resource educator for free and can be tailored for primary to lower secondary school. Presentations are given free of charge. Interested schools, multicultural groups and community networks are welcome to contact us via resourceeducator@melton.vic.gov.au.

We can also arrange a tour of the Melton Recycling Facility for school groups and community groups to better understand alternatives to landfill. This includes a hosted viewing of the transfer station with time to see the Permanent Drop-off Site and the Resale Shop.

The Resource Smart Schools initiative is all about encouraging sustainability in schools, which means real savings for your school budget and the environment, as well as hands-on environmental learning for students of all levels. Schools in the City of Melton that commit to certification in the Resource Smart (Sustainable Schools) Program are eligible to apply for an annually renewable kerbside recycling collection service from Council if they complete the Waste or Core module of the Resource Smart program within nine months of signup. For more information call them on 9341 8175 or email resourcesmart@eev.vic.edu.au.


There are many readily available resources for teachers.

  • Planet Ark has a dedicated RecyclingNearYou website
  • The Story of Stuff by Annie Leonard has original and sequel videos to get you thinking about the real cost of consumerism. Fast-paced and engaging for primary age upwards.
  • The Great Pacific Garbage Patch is a man-made phenomenon, largely made up discarded plastics. We recommend viewing for ages six and up due to its stark visual impact, and that the video clip be supported by discussions with students about what they can do to make a positive environmental difference
  • Keep Australia Beautiful has a focus on community action to address litter within communities
  • Other environmental resources, including incursions and excursions arranged by Council, can be found on our Environment and sustainability webpages.

We encourage rubbish-free lunches and indoor lunches for students as these initiatives reduce litter in playgrounds, parks and waterways. Kindergartens, ELCs and schools that participate in a rubbish-free lunch program can apply for a free worm farm (worms at own cost). 


Council's Bin Inspection Program gives great recyclers the chance to win each month. If your kerbside waste and recycling bins are inspected and you've recycled right, you could be our next winner. If your bins are inspected you will have a tag on your bin. If you have a 'happy' tag check your letterbox for a movie draw postcard and fill in your details for your chance to win.  

Check what goes in which bin through our A - Z Waste Guide



Clean Up Australia Day  

Clean up your neighborhood by collecting and removing rubbish. Find a site near you and register to join the clean up by visiting Clean Up Australia Day If you know of another site that needs love, attention, and a good clean, you can you can register your own clean-up site online.

There are also plenty of opportunities for local businesses and schools to get involved too. To find your closest clean- up site visit Clean Up Australia Day (insert link) or download the Clean Up Australia Day app.

If you choose to register your own site, Melton City Council can assist with site planning and rubbish removal. Contact Council’s Waste Services Department on 9747 7194 for more information or resourceeducator@melton.vic.gov.au.