Waste education

The Council's Waste Education Officers help people to minimise waste. Take advantage of the following opportunities and resources.

Apply for a grant to minimise your waste

To find out if your community-based organisation is eligible, and for full details, see: Applying for a Waste Minimisation Seed Fund

Use this handy flier to find all of the environmental resources that Council offers.

Waste.

Free landfill tours

Tours of the Southern Landfill are available. Large visiting groups must organise their own bus to drive to and around the site.

Tours need to be arranged prior and booked in as it is an operational working site. Please see the email address below to book.

The one-hour tour includes visiting the:

  • recycle centre and Second Treasures shop
  • transfer station
  • tip face
  • compost plant
  • dewatering plant
  • closed landfill sites.

The tour gives a history of waste operations at the Southern Landfill, looks at the volume and types of waste being sent to landfills, and shares ways to reduce, reuse and recycle.

Tour information can be tailored to suit the group's main interests.

The maximum number of tours in one day is two.

Free school visits

One of our educators can visit a class / school to give a talk on any waste topic of interest. We often cover composting, recycling, waste management and worm farms.

OnePlanet recycling eBook

Take a look at the recycling OnePlanet eBook for information about recycling and reuse initiatives across the Wellington Region.

Worm farms and compost bins

To help divert organic waste from landfills, the Council offers one free worm farm or one free compost bin to every school and preschool in the Wellington region. We can help you educate your students on the topic of organic waste when we deliver the bin or worm farm.

At the Southern Landfill Second Treasures shop you can source materials that can be used to build a worm farm, a compost bin or to design artworks.

Free university lectures

Our educators can give a PowerPoint presentation to university students on the history of waste management at the Southern Landfill. This can be done as a general interest topic, or tailored to a specific area of interest - eg product stewardship schemes, which are initiatives that help reduce the environmental impact of manufactured products.

b-side stories interview with Operations Manager Darren Hoskins

More information

For more information or to make a booking:

Phone 04 383 4442
Email: waste.education@wcc.govt.nz