Down To Earth Schools - A Whole School Approach to Waste Management


Down To Earth Schools
 has been created to assist schools (R-6, 7-12 and both) 
in diverting up to 90% of waste that would normally go to landfill.

It offers an assembly presentation, a student leader and staff presentation, workbook, bin signage and the products and services that are required to make this goal a success.

First time. Every time.

Initial and ongoing consultation is available and a Down To Earth Schools' certificate is awarded once the program is in place.

After consulting with local Australian school principals, students, teachers, councils and waste management companies this system provides a complete framework that covers all aspects of effective school waste management.

It offers guidelines for a whole-school approach: giving students an opportunity to lead the cause and the chance to collaborate and communicate with their teachers. While also encouraging students to take these habits and implement many of these ideas at home.

This is where The Down To Earth School's approach is different to other programs being offered.

Feedback received in the development of this program has shown that often one teacher becomes passionate about creating a zero-waste system within the school. But if and when that teacher leaves the school there is no one to pick up their program within the school hierachy and the school is often left to start again later down the track.

By putting the process in the student leader's hands from the start they are empowered with not just knowledge but in developing important leadership skills and having the best chance to have fun with the process, rather than simply enforcing new rules.

Find out more and download the files here.

Further to this, The Down To Earth Movement is championing future leaders, often found in schools, with opportunities for internships and paid work within the fields of sustainability. This can be at events and within The Down To Earth Movement's enterprise itself.

As an emerging Syntropic Enterprise, it is looking to assist in the development of young people who lead with integrity.

**Further to this, a dedicated website page for each school that downloads the program and implements it, will be found at (While the website exists, those pages are currently under construction).

As a "Down To Earth School" the page will feature photos and videos of each school’s progress. 

Details of why it was important to the students, staff and principal that their school be more responsible for their waste will be mentioned.

If the school needs to raise funds for the program, any consultation and the products required to complete it, then the names of the people who raised the money (individual parents and families, P&F, local businesses) will be included on that page also.**

For more information on how this is done visit get in touch with Jonathan on 0447 128 148.

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