Towards Zero Waste Education Centre

The Towards Zero Waste Education Centre is a Brisbane City Council initiative located at the Brisbane Landfill site. The centre invites visitors from Brisbane school groups wishing to learn about:

  • moving towards zero waste
  • waste minimisation practices, and
  • landfill operations.

The centre aims to develop an awareness of waste as an issue for sustainability. It highlights the issues of consumption and disposal practices. The space encourages visitors to evaluate the environmental consequences of their behaviour. It also encourages the development of a sustainable future for Brisbane. 

A visit to the centre involves a presentation to upper-level primary school students on waste minimisation and landfill operations, which lasts approximiately 30 minutes, followed by a landfill tour (by bus) which also takes about half an hour. 

There is no cost for visits to the centre, but due to strict health and safety regulations, we can only accommodate a maximum of 35 people inside the centre at any time. Schools can book for a maximum of 70 people, with two groups of 35 people held concurrently. The maximum number of visitors  per group includes students, teachers and parent volunteers. 

Council does not provide a bus for this tour. Your school will need to organise a bus and ensure it is available for your group for the duration of the excusion to take your group around the landfill site. No private cars are allowed on site.

Children under eight years of age are not permitted at Brisbane Landfill. The minimum number of people for bookings is 10.

Learning

During the visit, students can learn about:

  • recycling organic waste
  • recycling household waste
  • waste and recycling collection services
  • Material Recovery Facilities (MRFs) - what happens to your home and office recycling
  • landfill management and design
  • landfill gas capture
  • the waste hierarchy
  • working towards zero waste – waste as a resource not just a by-product
  • new approaches to waste management.

Bookings

The centre is open to schools in the Brisbane local government area on Tuesday and Thursday by appointment only. To book a visit or for more information, email the education team or phone Council on 07 3403 8888.

Last updated: 1 July 2021
Topics: waste