School activities (Environmental Education Centre)
By visiting our interactive education centre, students will have a valuable opportunity to learn more about ways they can contribute towards a sustainable future and successful waste management through reducing, reusing, recycling and recovering resources from waste.
Students will learn about several aspects of sustainability by working in groups to learn about good waste management practices. The hands-on activities include:
- Sorting out recyclables from waste
- Identifying household hazardous waste
- Turning landfill gas into electricity
- What is a landfill cell and how is it constructed?
- Introducing the R-Gang (Reduce, Reuse, Recycle & Recover)
- Shopping smart
- Looking at litter
- Creating artwork using unwanted objects
Please note: This excursion is best suited to year 4, 5, 6 & 7 students.
These environmental education experiences cover several Learning Area Outcomes from the Curriculum Framework, which are outlined in the downloadable tour brochure below.
Free of charge!
All activities are offered free of charge to schools located in EMRC's member Council areas of Bassendean, Bayswater, Belmont, Kalamunda, Mundaring and Swan. Bookings are essential. Schools must also provide their own bus.
Excursions to the Environmental Education Centre and/or tours of the Red Hill Waste Management Facility may be booked for Tuesdays and Wednesdays of each term.
Working with high schools
EMRC has been working with local high schools to complete a number of projects based around waste and environmental management. In 2009-10 students from Helena College have been helping to transform the outside of the Environmental Education Centre by creating vibrant art panels made from recovered objects and/or with an environmental theme.
Using wooden panels as their canvas, students have been creating pieces of art using materials and objects which would have been thrown away to landfill. Once complete, the panels are fixed to the exterior of the education centre. Visiting school groups can admire the art and see it as a creative example of materials being reused instead of going to landfill.
Before starting the projects, students are required to participate in a tour of the Red Hill landfill site and an induction with EMRC staff members to gain an understanding of how waste is managed in Perth's Eastern Region and the importance of reducing and reusing waste. A community artist assists students with their ideas and gives guidance on different techniques that can be explored.
Future options for projects include:
- Developing garden art for the Environmental Education Centre using recovered objects and materials
- Developing window coverings focused on environmental themes and using recovered materials for the interior of the centre.
- On-site rehabilitation projects.
- Working with students and teachers in developing their own waste-wise programs at school.
EMRC hopes to continue partnering with different schools from across Perth's Eastern Region to complete these community service projects.
For more information contact staff in Waste Education: