Information for schools

Mackay Regional Council has a waste education program that offers schools and community groups the opportunity to learn about waste minimisation and recycling. This is a free service aimed at raising awareness of waste management in the Mackay region.

Unfortunately, due to COVID-19 restrictions tours at our Materials Recovery Facility have been cancelled until further notice.

We can however, visit your school or kindergarten and provide a 30 minute waste education talk.

Please click here to make a booking.

We also have online waste education resources you can use in school or at home.

Online resources

Visits to schools

If classes are unable to participate in on-site tours of the Material Recovery Facility, waste education sessions can be delivered in the classroom or the waste education trailer can be booked for a visit to the school.

Waste education trailer

Mackay Regional Council's Waste Education Trailer is available to come to your school or community group. It contains bright colourful messages on recycling including worm farming and composting initiatives to help reduce our waste. Bookings are essential. For further information please phone the Waste Environmental Education Officer on 4961 9051.

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Community group visits - suspended until further notice

Community groups are also encouraged to tour the Materials Recovery Facility. Special arrangements can be made to accommodate community groups out of normal working hours. To organise a visit, contact council's Waste Environmental Education Officer on 4961 9051.

Recycling Education Centre - suspended until further notice

The Recycling Education Centre provides fun, informative and first-hand recycling education for school and community groups and is a free service provided by Mackay Regional Council. Visits to the centre are an interesting and interactive learning experience for both school and community groups.

The recycling education centre is located at the Materials Recovery Facility, 42 Crichtons Road, Paget. This is where the recyclables are processed once collected through Mackay's recycling kerbside collection service (the yellow lidded bins).

Please provide a minimum of two weeks' notice to book and secure a tour of the Materials Recovery Facility. To maximise the students experience it is suggested to schedule morning visits from 9am.

To organise a visit, contact council's Waste Environmental Education Officer on 4961 9051.