Fostering lasting behaviour change through strategic waste education is a key part of Rivers Regional Council's efforts to reduce waste and increase resource recovery in the region. The Council employs a full-time Regional Waste Education Coordinator who is available to assist schools, Member Councils, local businesses and community groups to plan, implement and evaluate waste education activities.
As part of the Council's Strategic Waste Management Plan (SWMP), the major education project for 2009-2010 was the planning and implementation of a five year Regional Waste Education Strategy which aims to significantly reduce the amount of waste sent to landfill by raising the community's awareness of the benefits of recycling, resource recovery and avoiding waste. The strategy operates hand in hand with the Council's proposal for Alternative Waste Treatment (AWT) such as developing a Resource Recovery Facility in the future. Click here to view a full copy of the Regional 'Waste to Resources' Education Strategy.
To assist in the development of the Strategy, a Regional Waste Education Strategy Steering Group (RWESSG) has been established. The group comprises a minimum of one representative from each Member Council and either meets or reports every six weeks.
Download minutes of the RWESSG meetings:
To contact the Regional Waste Education Coordinator, email: firstname.lastname@example.org