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Waste education becomes a priority in Queensland

Waste Recycling Industry Association of Queensland (WRIQ) is working with industry partners to launch a program to build the capabilities and capacity of new recruits to the industry and waste educators. The aim is to enable the educators to consistently and effectively deliver waste education and litter reduction initiatives in schools, local communities, public places, apartment buildings and sporting grounds.

Through the program, WRIQ will work with the people who deliver waste education initiatives within their communities including schools, local government areas, universities, office buildings and other public places.

According to WRIQ CEO Mark Smith, a series of workshops will take place state-wide in 2021, that will enable participants to understand the requirements for effective communication and behaviour change programs. It will also focus on what questions to ask when considering existing or future waste and recycling services. Participants will be able to workshop with their peers, and other industry experts, how to approach waste education programs and strategy.

“This program will enable people to take national campaigns and programs like the ‘Check it, Before you Chuck it” campaign and utilise existing resources to roll out programs that will deliver benefits to their communities.”

“There are a lot of highly experienced and talented waste educators across Queensland, but these educators are not always supported, or resourced, enough to deliver extensive programs, we are hoping that this work will go some of the way to provide that much needed support,” Smith said.

Industry alliances

NWRIC CEO Rose Read told Inside Waste that “As service providers to local councils and businesses, NWRIC members are committed to working closely with waste educators and sustainability leaders to help them educate householders and colleagues.

“Putting unwanted items in the right bin is so important.  It not only reduces costs for our customers but also ensures greater recycling rates.”

Smith added that WRIQ will work with our interstate partners such as NWRIC to share the learnings and create synergies with this work.

“We all can play a part in creating a sustainable waste and recycling circular sector. Waste education and behaviour change is a key element in engaging our respective communities about their important role.

“COVID19 has taught us the importance of engaging everyone in the community around important issues. Recycling and waste management is an important issue and communities. All communities need to be engaged on it,” he concluded.