Engaging new Australians in sustainability practices

Cleanaway recently hosted students from the Western English Language School at the Melbourne Regional Landfill (MRL). The visit aimed to give students a cultural understanding of waste management practices as part of the school’s efforts to prepare them for mainstream school and to engage with the wider community.

 

Many of the students were newly arrived Australians with a limited command of English. Mindful of this, the Cleanaway team (led by Operations Supervisor Nick Duffy and Stakeholder and Community Engagement Manager Olga Ghiri) used animated videos to describe waste practices before taking the students on a site tour around the MRL. The students could see what happens to unrecyclable waste, how waste is offloaded and then compacted at the active landfill cell among other things.

 

At the end of the day, the students went home with a greater understanding of waste that ends up in landfill, and are able to educate and influence the waste practices of their families and local community.

 

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