Waste education

Our Waste Minimisation team help people to reduce waste. We offer free landfill tours and can visit workplaces and community groups. Schools can get the Zero Waste Education programme.

For schools and early childhood education centres

Zero Waste Education  

The Zero Waste Education programme is delivered free of charge by a dedicated educator, with all resources provided. Teaching units incorporate te reo and te ao Māori and are suitable for learners in Years 1–8 and for early childhood education centres. 

The award-winning programme enables children to investigate the link between the earth’s natural resources, the products they use, and the resulting waste (natural resources we no longer want) that pollutes our environment.

For more information about the programme, visit the Zero Waste Education website.

If you want to bring the programme to your school, contact:

Lorraine Boennic, Waste Educator
Phone: 021 547804
Email: waste.education@wcc.govt.nz

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 (tiger worms are not included).

Free talks for workplaces and community groups

One of our educators can visit your workplace or community group and deliver an education session on:

  • reducing waste in Wellington (reduce, reuse, recycle)
  • reducing food waste
  • composting.

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 – to book a tour, email waste.education@wcc.govt.nz.

The one-hour tour includes visiting the:

  • Tip Shop and Recycle Centre
  • transfer station
  • 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.

Contact us

For more information or to make a booking, email: waste.education@wcc.govt.nz


Apply for a grant to minimise your waste

Find out if your community-based organisation is eligible and how to apply for a Waste Minimisation Seed Fund.