City of Monash: Waste and recycling education for CALD

In 2012, the City of Monash completed a Metro Fund project to extend the council’s mainstream waste and recycling education programs to households with diverse cultural and linguistic backgrounds. With an increasing Indian and Chinese population, Monash saw the need to develop education programs specifically directed at these groups. They also chose to engage with their Sudanese communities to gain experience in educating and communicating with a new and emerging population.

The evaluation of their education programs showed that they were an extremely effective way to engage with the diverse communities. The greatest success was the establishment of relationships between Monash Council and the Chinese population. This has led to the dissemination of other sustainability initiatives and information to these communities, such as energy saving programs and tips. Another great success of the program has been the employment of two Sudanese and Chinese Community Recycling Education Officers. These new officers have enhanced other Monash Council environmental education programs through providing information, links and translated materials back into their communities.

This project highlighted the need to provide a targeted program on food waste reduction. Monash Council has addressed this by signing up to The Compost Revolution program that will start in the second half of 2013. This program educates residents on the use of worm farms and compost bins, and provides a facility where residents can purchase subsidised compost and worm farms.

For further information contact the City of Monash Waste Education Officer on (03) 9518 3555.

For further details about the Metro Fund contact or call the Strategic Resource Recovery Team on 8698 9800.

Project resources

  • CALD waste and recycling MF R1 Final Report - Monash Report 5.8 MB

    This final report outlines the findings, project highlights and recommendations for the Monash City Council 'Waste and Recycling Education Program for Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Communities (CALD)' project. This Metro Fund Round 1 project targeted household recycling, recycling bin contamination, food waste avoidance and composting with CALD communities.

Last updated: 20/05/2020