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Waste Watchers

Help Us Celebrate Keep Australia

Beautiful NSW 35 th Anniversary!

2010 was a very exciting year for Keep Australia Beautiful

NSW as we celebrated 35 years of supporting successful

community- based environmental initiatives. With a long

presence in the state, Keep Australia Beautiful NSW

is dedicated to enhancing and conserving our unique

environments; from country to city to coast.

Through our Tidy Towns Sustainable Communities, Sustainable

Cities, Clean Beaches, Graffiti Action Day and Waste Watchers

programs, Keep Australia Beautiful NSW promotes grassroots

participation across all spectrums of the community to protect

the areas in which we all live, work and play. As one of the

state’s most respected not-for-profit organisations, Keep

Australia Beautiful NSW remains committed to inspiring,

facilitating and celebrating practical efforts working towards a

sustainable environment for many generations to come.

Our achievements have been recognised by Not for Profit

Network Australia; in 2008 and 2009 Keep Australia Beautiful

NSW was awarded Organisation of the Year Finalist.

Waste Watchers offers five

informative modules!

Sustainability Sleuths

Discovering that there are limited resources available on

Earth, students investigate ways to conserve and protect

these resources. Renewable and non-renewable resources are

explored before students consider the impact of their actions

on the environment. A fun ‘footprint’ game and role plays

allow students to identify simple changes they can make at

home and school to reduce consumption and become more

sustainable.

Wide World of Waste

Students analyse potential waste items and consider how to

avoid creating waste in the first place. Landfill capacity and

pollution issues are investigated. Reduce, reuse and recycle

strategies are emphasised and students often leave the

workshop commenting on the positive changes they plan to

implement at home. This module is a real sustainability winner!

Mechanics of

Organics

Mulching, composting

and worm farming

are easy ways to

take carbon out of

the air, and reduce

our greenhouse gas

emissions. The module

covers environmental

problems that occur if

these organic waste recycling techniques are not practised and

the valuable resources that are produced if they are. Viewing a

working worm farm is often enough to convince students that

organic recycling is the way of the future.

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What is Waste Watchers?

Waste Watchers is NSW’s leading mobile Primary School

environmental education program. It is offered as a service

to assist Councils educate their local children on a wide

range of waste, water and sustainability issues. Interactive

workshops teach students vital, simple and effective measures

that they can take to protect and conserve our natural and

built environments for the future. In 2009 we were engaged

by 46 different councils, visited 419 schools and spread

environmental messages to 46,526 students across the State.

Catchment Chronicles

‘Reviving the rivers’ is everyone’s wish, and in this workshop

students are challenged to do just that! They role-play

everyday activities which are seemingly insignificant, but are

ones that can have a major negative impact on water quality

and biodiversity. Observing this cumulative impact, students

get a real eye-opener to the problem and develop strategies

to protect our fragile rivers and waterways. Students also

discover the difference between sewage and stormwater.

Water Welfare

Have you ever wondered how much of the Earth’s water is

available for people to use? This workshop gives students the

opportunity to explore this issue and recognise how limited

our water supply really is. They investigate the water cycle and

changes they can make in their own behaviour that will save

water. Students also determine how to share water fairly so

that personal and environmental needs are met.

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