Wiping Out Waste Program (WOW) was a pilot program funded by the Central Coast Council in Terms 1and 2, 2019. Rumbalara Environmental Education Centre along with Cleanaway’s ‘kNOw waste’ schools education program worked together to help schools on the Central Coast reduce the amount of waste to landfill and increase Resource Recovery. The program included; Professional development for teachers, forming a WOW committee, desktop audits (general waste/paper skip bin fees), whole school waste audits (1 day) x2, education programs and school community action plans for change.
The aim of the WOW program, which we hope will receive ongoing funding, is to help schools identify and understand the enormous impact their school community has on the environment through their use of resources, and to know that collectively they can make significant changes to become more sustainable schools.
Our indented benefits include; less waste to landfill, maximise resource recovery, creating a zero waste culture in school communities and becoming a part of the circular economy. The WOW program has also proven that schools can benefit financially by making changes on identified waste issues.