Become a Waste Smart Kindy

A Waste Smart Kindy is an early learning centre or service that has demonstrated a commitment to keeping Brisbane clean, green and sustainable by reducing the amount of their waste being sent to landfill and increasing resource recovery.

Who can apply

Applications to become a Waste Smart Kindy are open to early learning centres or services that care for 0-4 year olds including family day care, for-profit and not-for-profit day care and that are located within the Brisbane local government area (LGA).

How to apply

To apply, the director or manager of the early learning centre or service must complete the online application form. Read the Terms and Conditions before applying.

Brisbane City Council will assess the applications received in accordance with the Terms and Conditions and make an appointment to visit the centre or service.

Successful early learning centres or services will be contacted within four weeks of submitting their application and will receive the following:

  • an education pack of early learning resources and equipment focussing on waste minimisation to the value of approximately $200 (including GST). The pack will include a choice of two of the following items:
    • one book pack containing a selection of early learning picture books relating to waste, recycling and sustainability (valued at approximately $100 (including GST))
    • one worm farm, worm blanket, instructional sign and worm poster (valued at approximately $80 (including GST))
    • one compost bin, instructional sign and compost aerator (valued at approximately $85 (including GST))
    • one raised garden bed (valued at approximately $90 (including GST))
    • one recycling game (valued at approximately $95 (including GST))
    • two paper making kits (valued at approximately $80 (including GST))
  • the choice of one Waste Smart Kindy signage from the options available e.g. fence banner or corflute sign
  • a certificate for the Early Learning Centre acknowledging the Early Learning Centre as a Waste Smart Kindy
  • the Early Learning Centre will be listed as a Waste Smart Kindy on Council’s website at for a period of three years.

Program criteria

Early learning centres can become a Waste Smart Kindy once they fulfil and provide evidence of the following criteria in the online application form:

  • A minimum of 75% of staff at the early learning centre have completed the online professional development course within the last three years.
  • The induction process for new staff has been updated to include training in waste smart practises.
  • Materials provided in the Waste Smart Kindy toolkit are displayed, such as poster and bin stickers.
  • Evidence of communicating the waste smart message with the wider early learning centre community (distribution of fact sheets to families, sharing waste smart activities via social media and newsletters).
  • Develop and implement an action plan based on individual action plans from the online professional development course.
  • The ability to demonstrate new initiatives or efforts to become more waste smart.
  • Carrying out a repeat waste audit at least three months after initial audit which indicates a reduction in waste to landfill.
  • All staff active and engaged in reducing waste to landfill and making change within the early learning centre.
  • Willingness to reflect upon the successes and challenges of becoming a Waste Smart Kindy.
  • Commitment to continual improvement.

View the full program terms and conditions

Last updated:13 May 2019