Environmental education efforts rewarded
  • Wednesday 04 June 2014

It has educated the Sunshine Coast on environment excellence for more than a decade and the Waste 2 Resource Program has been recognised among the best in the state.

The program, that’s delivered by Sunshine Coast Council in partnership with EnviroCom Australia, was a finalist at the Premier’s Sustainability Awards.

Environmental Portfolio Councillor Jenny Mckay said the award recognised the community’s commitment to making the Sunshine Coast Australia’s most sustainable region.

“The Waste 2 Resource Education Program has been partnering with community, businesses and schools over the past 13 years to deliver best practise sustainable waste management,” she said.

“The longevity and exposure of the program in the community has built solid partnerships that work year after year towards the common goal of improved waste related behaviours across the Sunshine Coast.

“Partnerships with community groups, businesses, schools, TAFE, university, early learning centres and individuals have been pivotal to the success of the program. These partnerships provide the Sunshine Coast with expertise and real life examples of best practise recycling, resource recovery and waste minimisation.”

The Waste 2 Resource Program included managing waste at local events and school visits to educate children on the importance of recycling and waste diversion.

“The School STARS initiative alone has achieved some amazing results where a number of schools have reduced their waste to landfill volumes by more than half and increased recycling diversion rates by nearly 50%,” she said.   

“We’re also helping to coordinate and support marquee environmental events like Clean Up Australia Day, World Environment Day, National Recycling Week and Green June.

“So the Waste 2 Resource Program is helping to change the culture of waste management and waste minimisation with current and future generations.”