Education kit teaches culturally diverse Victorians about recycling

Thursday, 10 August, 2017

The Victorian government has released an education kit to help councils better communicate with their residents from culturally diverse backgrounds about waste, recycling and litter.

‘Engaging with Culturally Diverse Communities on Waste, Resource Recovery and Litter — a Kit for Educators’ has been produced by the Metropolitan Waste and Resource Recovery Group in consultation with metropolitan council waste educators and culturally diverse engagement specialists.

The kit comes as Victoria’s population from non-English-speaking backgrounds continues to grow, with the latest census data showing that more than 28% of Victorians were born overseas. The kit will help metropolitan councils communicate effectively with these diverse groups, so they have a clear understanding about what can be recycled and how to do it.

“We want to help all Victorians, regardless of their background, work together to minimise the amount of waste we send to landfill and maximise our recycling efforts,” said Victorian Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change Lily D’Ambrosio.

“Research shows multicultural communities support recycling but sometimes lack a clear understanding of how to do it correctly. This kit will improve their knowledge and increase recycling.”

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