Council has begun a series of waste and sustainability education workshops to primary schools across the region as part of the Food and Garden Waste joint-council initiative, starting this week.
Mid-Western Regional, Dubbo Regional and Narromine Shire councils began collaborating in 2018 with the introduction of the service. This partnership has continued and broadened into regional waste education with schools prioritised as part of an annual program.
The three councils have engaged education consultancy Impact Environmental Education (IEE) to offer the program to all primary schools in 2019.
Workshop developer, Jacqui Murray, said waste education at the school level plays an important role in developing sustainable communities.
"IEE have an established program of fun and interactive classroom sessions designed for K- 6 students," she said.
"Modules offered in this first year focus on organics recycling and food packaging waste. The workshops reinforce existing sustainability initiatives in schools and complement the teaching of sustainability within the syllabus."
Mayor of the Mid-Western Region, Des Kennedy, said Council has been pleased with the uptake from schools.
"Students from nine primary schools across the region will participate in the workshops," he said.
"The workshops are teaching students how to recognise different types of waste and simple tips they can use at home to reduce the impacts of waste on our local community.
"If we can reduce the amount of waste going to landfill by making some simple changes at home, this will save our community, and environment in the long run."