21/10/2015

KNSWB & NSW EPA launch pilot litter workshop

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The NSW EPA this term are funding a five week pilot program of a Litter module as part of the KNSWB EnviroMentors service.

This is the debut of an incursion-based litter education workshop, devised and delivered by KNSWB’s fully qualified teachers. The pilot program will visit 25 schools in both metropolitan and regional areas over the course of the five weeks, and will educate over 3,000 students in small groups of no more than 25.

This module brings attention to the environmental and social impacts of littering and inspires students from an early age to protect our environment by correctly disposing of rubbish. Along the way there will be a few interesting facts (does everyone know what throwing an apple core under a plant is still littering?) Students have the chance to learn interactively by acting out scenarios and brainstorming ways to reduce their waste and correct littering behaviour.

A litter check will also be conducted around the school and a specific reduction plan created. The litter check has been created with a specific methodology to count schoolground litter.

This new count methodology and early results have already proved an eye-opener: results are showing an average of 4 littered items per square metre in some areas of some schools. This is a problem that needs to be addressed.

EnviroMentors is the country’s leading mobile incursion-based environmental education program, visiting 44,000+ school students each year, reaching every corner of NSW with sustainability workshops.

The workshops combine immediate and practical lessons for how students can reduce their environmental footprint, while imparting crucial ideas about why this is important.

The Litter Module will be available as part of the EnviroMentors program in 2016 and can be booked into council areas now.

For more information about EnviroMentors, email education@knswb.org.au

2 Responses to “KNSWB & NSW EPA launch pilot litter workshop”

  1. October 22, 2015 at 6:51 am, Charmaine Burke said:

    Would be most helpful to have volunteers throughout ALL regions of NSW to run such programs in their local schools. A more cost-effective and participatory approach than a team to do so few schools!! It has the added bonus of getting more personal examples within communities.

    • October 22, 2015 at 9:29 am, Keep NSW Beautiful said:

      Hi Charmaine,

      Thanks for your feedback! The module will be available to all schools across the state next year – this is just a pilot program to make sure it’s all working well and the important littering messages are getting across!

      If you’d like to know more about the EnviroMentors and how we work, please don’t hesitate to contact us! Our number is at the bottom of this page in the “Contact Us” bar.