Waste Pioneers Program

The Program

The Waste Pioneers Program was developed by Veolia, in partnership with Mornington Peninsula Shire Council, to provide waste education in an informative and engaging way for schools in the area. The 6-week program commenced at the start of Term 3 2019, with a presentation from Veolia on correct waste disposal and why it's so important to put things into the correct bin.

The Pitch was introduced to the school and the challenge was for students to create an innovative solution and/or business proposal to ocean plastics. Ocean plastics was the theme, as it is a local issue will global impact. The students were also asked to organise a clean up day to collect and prevent rubbish from entering the ocean, followed by The Pitch to a panel of judges. 

The Clean Up

A call-to-action for the Waste Pioneers Program was to organise a clean up event, to collect rubbish and prevent it from entering our oceans. A total of 194.7kg of waste was collected from all schools. Veolia then collected the rubbish and all plastics were sent to NewTecPoly, where the Buddy Bench and Plaques were created, demonstrating a circular economy model.

The Pitch

A major component of the Waste Pioneers Program is The Pitch. The challenge was for students to put their creative hats on and create a solution for ocean plastics. Students presented to a panel of three judges at The Pitch Expo. The judges were David Gill (Mayor of Mornington Peninsula Shire), Simon Hum (Sustainability Victoria) and Peter Barker (NewTecPoly). The judging criteria were: Creativity, Innovation and Presentation. Each category had a total of 5 points for a total of 15 points per judge. 


The prizes for the winning schools are:

1st Place - $1,000 of Veolia services and a Buddy Bench.

All schools who presented at The Pitch Expo will receive $500 of Veolia services and a Plaque.

Our School

Our school participated in The Pitch Expo and we had Jasmine, Eleanor, Milla and Rebecca represent our school. Our solution was The Rubbish Recogniser, which is a scanning system to rate how good or bad a purchased item is for the ocean.

We scored 36 out of 45 total points.