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Organic waste management in schools and early learning centres

The Organic waste management in schools and early learning centres guide explains how schools or early learning centres can implement organic waste management. Separating organic waste in schools and early learning centres from landfill items can make a big difference in the waste volume. In addition, students learn valuable life skills - and it is fun!

Managing organic waste recycling in schools needs to be done systematically and with considerable planning. This documents gives you tips and techniques on how to implement an organic waste system in your school or early learning centre.

This guide outlines how to:

  • manage your organic waste to reduce the volume of organic waste going to landfill
  • save money and create a valuable organic resource e.g. compost for your gardens and grounds
  • manage different types of organic waste e.g. garden waste, food waste, paper and cardboard waste, timber waste and textile waste
  • choose the organic waste processes suitable for your local context. These systems could include a combination of composting, worm farming, Bokashi bins, keeping chickens or large scale on-site systems for large schools
  • collect, maintain and monitor the effectiveness a food waste processing system.

This document is part of the suite of free waste education resources at