Waste programs

Council has a number of educational programs that will teach your students about waste and recycling.

Waste education

For further information about these programs contact Council's Waste Education team on (02) 9847 4835 or email waste@hornsby.nsw.gov.au.

Interested in a recycling or waste collection service for your school? Phone our commercial waste officer on 9847 4856 or see our Commercial Waste Services web page.


Ready Set Grow

A joint initiative of Hornsby Shire Council and Northern Sydney Local Health District. This program is aimed at encouraging and supporting the creation of sustainable school fruit and vegetable gardens where concepts such as composting, consumption and recycling can be introduced. The program will encourage links to the school's Environmental Management Plan (SEMP) and curriculum through the garden which will assist with the teaching of resource management, reduction in waste and healthy eating.

For further information please see the Ready Set Grow program plan - 731kb and School Gardens useful websites and resources - 68kb.

Suitable for primary schools.

Ready Set Grow flyer - 8MB
Ready Set Grow 1 Recommitment form - 195kb
Ready Set Grow 2 Recommitment form - 195kb
Ready Set Grow 3 Commitment form - 195kb


Ready, Set, Grow Newsletter

View current issue - Ready, Set, Grow - Winter 2014 newsletter

View Ready, Set, Grow - Autumn 2014

View Ready, Set, Grow - Spring 2013

View Ready, Set, Grow - Winter 2013

View Ready, Set, Grow - Autumn 2013

View Ready, Set, Grow - Summer 2012

View Ready, Set, Grow - Spring 2012

View Ready, Set, Grow - Winter 2012


Environment Day

If your school is holding an Environment Day and would like to cover a range of topics, contact Council on (02) 9847 4835 and we can coordinate staff to suit your program.

Check the date with Council staff first, then complete a School Activity Booking Form - 108kb.

Suitable for primary and secondary schools.


Waste and Recycling

A presentation and/or activity which introduces students to issues surrounding waste avoidance, reduction, reuse and recycling.

Suitable for Environment Days or one-off presentations. Tailored to curriculum and student age.

Suitable for primary and secondary schools.

For other resources see:


Compost and Worm Farming

Introduces students to composting and worm farming. Council can assist in setting up worm farms and conduct a workshop to teach the students how to maintain it.

Suitable for Environment Days or one off presentations.

Suitable for primary and secondary schools.


Waste Audit

Students identify the waste discarded by the school and identify easy ways to avoid, reduce, reuse and recycle these materials rather than send them to landfill.

Schools must incorporate the results into their School Environmental Management Plan.

For more information see www.sustainableschools.nsw.edu.au or download Schools Waste Audit - Information and forms - 206kb.

Suitable for primary and secondary schools.


Clean Up Australia Day (CUAD)

This nationwide event (held in March each year) encourages students to think about their local environment and see for themselves the impact of litter. Schools need to register with both Council and CUAD for an event kit. For more information visit www.cleanup.com.au.

Suitable for primary and secondary schools.

Last updated: 24 Jun 2015