City of Boroondara: Waste smart schools and families

In 2012, The City of Boroondara was awarded a grant from the Metropolitan Local Government Waste and Resource Recovery Fund (Metro Fund) to pilot approaches to improving municipal waste outcomes. The project aimed to engage schools, early education centres and their families in waste management activities and behaviours. The pilot project ran for 18 months (13 months of school and early education centre facilitation) and was given the working title ‘Waste Smart Schools and Families project’.

Council engaged education consultants Gould League to assist with project design and to deliver the project in seven schools (including two independent schools) and three Early Education Centres (EECs). Schools and EECs were chosen on the basis that they had no prior experience in the ResourceSmart AuSSI Vic (RSAV). Six schools and two EECs finished the project.

Key elements of the Waste Smart Schools and Families project included:

  • Development of interactive online community engagement tools and resources: the ‘Family Waste Tracker’ and ‘Playground’ interactive games.
  • Delivery/facilitation of the RSAV Waste module and RSAV Core module to eight participating schools and two Early Education Centres and training on use of the Family Waste Tracker.
  • Provision of additional tools and resources by Council to support schools/EECs and engagement with their families. This included additional recycling bins for schools, Hungry Bin worm farms, bin signage template, opportunities to host community workshops for families and tours of Boroondara’s Waste and Recycling Depot in Camberwell.


Audits were conducted of the different sites to measure the waste to landfill. Some of the key results included:

  • Comparing pre and post project audits results showed that across all of the education sites there was a decrease in waste to landfill (17.5%). There was a reduction of 47% of recyclables and 44% garden organics in landfill waste stream, however there was an increase in food organics. All schools were using Hungry Bin worm farms of compost bins so the increase in food waste in landfill bins was surprising. Please see page 8 for further discussion.
  • There was a decrease in total average waste generation from 17.6kg/week to 15.4kg/week per household. This equates to a cumulative total of 7.436 tonnes of total waste reduction.

Project resources:

  • Waste Smart Schools case study - Boroondara Case Study 3.9 MB

    This case study was developed by Boroondara City Council for the Metro Fund Round 1 'Schools as gateways to community behaviour change on consumption and waste' project. The project worked with schools, early education centres and residents to target food waste and recycling. This project supports the 'Waste Smart Schools' program.  

  • Waste activities & tools guide - Boroondara Guidance Document 915 KB

    The waste activities and tools guide was developed by Boroondara City Council for the Metro Fund Round 1 'Schools as gateways to community behaviour change on consumption and waste' project. The guide aims to assist councils wishing to work with local schools, kindergartens and early learning centres and their communities on waste minimisation activities. It outlines the tools and activities used and piloted in the 'Waste Smart Schools and Families' project and recommendations for implementation based on our learnings. 

  • A-Z guide waste and recycling - Boroondara Guidance Document 4.9 MB

    The A-Z waste and recycling guide was developed by Boroondara City Council for the Metro Fund Round 1 'Schools as gateways to community behaviour change on consumption and waste' project. The document aims to engage residents in learning strategies for waste minimisation. This project supports the 'Waste Smart Schools'  program.

  • Smart school MF R1 Final Report - Boroondara Report 1.5 MB

    This final report outlines the outcomes, findings, project highlights and recommendations for the Boroondara City Council 'Schools as gateways to community behaviour change on consumption and waste' project. This Metro Fund Round 1 project worked with schools, early education centres and residents to target food waste and recycling. This project supports the 'Waste Smart Schools' program.  

        






  • School commitment sheet - Boroondara Promotional item 152 KB

    The school commitment sheet was developed by Boroondara City Council for the Metro Fund Round 1 'Schools as gateways to community behaviour change on consumption and waste' project. The commitment sheet includes a letter to the school principle from council and a commitment form for the school. This project supports the 'Waste Smart Schools'  program.     

  • Family Waste Tracker - Boroondara Promotional item 3.7 MB

    The family waste tracker game was developed by Boroondara City Council for the Metro Fund Round 1 'Schools as gateways to community behaviour change on consumption and waste' project. The game aims to  engage children (at school and home) and other family members in learning strategies for waste minimisation. This project supports the 'Waste Smart Schools' program.    

  • Recycling tour run sheet - Boroondara Promotional item 432 KB

    The recycling tour run sheet was developed by Boroondara City Council for the Metro Fund Round 1 'Schools as gateways to community behaviour change on consumption and waste' project. The run sheet aims to engage schools and provide an example agenda and risk management/safety information for a waste facility site visit. This project supports the 'Waste Smart Schools'  program.    

  • Waste Smart project newsletter - Boroondara Promotional item 442 KB

    The waste smart project newsletter was developed by Boroondara City Council for the Metro Fund Round 1 'Schools as gateways to community behaviour change on consumption and waste' project. The newsletter aims to engage schools and residents and update them on workshops, provide key information updates and promote new tools and resources. This project supports the 'Waste Smart Schools'  program.

Last updated: 15/06/2016