We aim to minimise all Waste at Solway, so we practise the waste wise principles of reduce, reuse and recycle. As part of the AuSSI Vic Resource Smart Waste module, we encourage students to bring Rubbish Free Lunches and to dispose of any waste into the correct bins.

Annually at our Prep Orientation sessions, we do a Waste presentation to families new to the school, encouraging them to support our Rubbish Free Lunch philosophy.

In 2010, three Waste Stations were installed in our school grounds to enable students to recycle papers, hard plastics, cardboard drink poppers, and fruit scraps.

Each year approximately 2m3 of fruit & veggie scraps are diverted from landfill. These scraps are successfully broken down in our worm farms or compost bins into compost, to be used in our school Kitchen Garden instead!

Solway students help out with a Rubbish Free Lunch Challenge. All waste had to be collected and measured. We successfully reduced our landfill waste on the challenge day as well as raising awareness about the different types of waste.

Waste Stations are in all classrooms to further improve our recycling and reduce waste going to landfill.

We were successful in achieving our target of 0.3m3 of landfill per student per year by the end of 2011 and have worked hard to maintain this target in the years following.

Our Environment Team do regular presentations at Assembly and in the classroom to help students learn how to recycle effectively.