Zero waste education for schools

We are committed to helping children learn about sustainable resource use and understand their role as waste minimisers.

Zero Waste Education logo.

This free, 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.

The Zero Waste Education programme is:

  • interactive and engaging
  • delivered free of charge by a dedicated educator, with all resources provided
  • suitable for learners in Y1-Y8 and for Early Childhood Education centres
  • a nationwide programme, with over 500 schools already signed up and started on this sustainability journey.


We’ll cover issues such as:

  • Is that really rubbish?
  • Recycling and composting
  • Reducing and re-using
  • Resource sustainability.

Programme highligts

What teachers love about our programme is:

  • We design, deliver and resource the programme from start to finish.
  • Different teaching units tailored to each year group focus on specific solutions.
  • A flexible approach to programme delivery to fit with schools’ planning and timetabling.
  • Complements existing and planned environmental projects.
  • Links to the literacy, numeracy and science curriculum.
  • It takes a Te Ao Māori approach.
  • Giving children practical knowledge and tools to contribute positively towards waste and environmental action is good for their well-being and mental health.
  • Related Education Outside the Classroom (EOTC) sessions are available.
  • We can also talk about how Wellington City Council can support and assist with sustainability in your school community.

For more information about the Zero Waste Education programme, visit

How to join

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

Lorraine Boennic, Waste Educator
Phone: 021 547804