Rumbalara Environmental Education Centre

Telephone02 4324 7200



Rumbalara EEC offers waste audits and curriculum support for waste management in schools. We are currently (as at 06.03.24) working with the Department of Education's Infrastructure Unit and the Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) to implement a waste reduction and recycling project in NSW DoE schools. Stage 1 was in 2023 and Stage 2 will commence in Term 3, 2024.

Click here for our Waste Audit Guide

You can access our Waste Google Site for resources by clicking on the image above.

For further information, contact:

Christine Freeman - Principal

Tel: 02 4324 7200



NSW Department of Education waste resources can be accessed by clicking the image above.

Organisations and groups offering help on the Central Coast


  1. Resources and support for composting and worm farming for Central Coast residents is available through  
  2. General information about waste and recycling is available from the council website  and the  1COAST website under their school education tab.
  3. Yellow lid recycling bin service: fortnightly bin collection costs $111/year. This service is still available for schools alongside DoE's waste contract with Veolia (as at 06.03.24). Contact: Trudy Van Laar, Central Coast Council, Tel 02 4325 8817 Email


Cleanaway currently provides waste collection services for more than 15 000 commercial customers. Free educational programs on what can be recycled and how waste is collected are available at your school or at the Cleanaway Material Recovery Facility at Somersby. Contact: Kristina Arthur, Education Officer - Central Coast Region, Mob 0466 487 308 Email:, Web


Veolia has the Whole of Government contract, which began in 2020 (initially it was Suez), for the Hunter and Central Coast Region. Contact them directly to organise regular collection of Food Organics, Return & Earn, Comingled Recycling, Garden Waste and others. First point of contact Phone: 13 13 35; Email: Second point of contact: Email:; Phone: 0473 817 451; Email:, Phone 0417 580 289. Third point of contact: Email:, Phone: 0411 147 021 (as at 06.03.24)


Remondis can provide a Food Organics Garden Organics (FOGO) collection service, wholesale compostable bags and Return & Earn collection options. They also sell high quality compost products. Contact: Rochelle Doherty, Sales Manager Hunter & Western NSW, Email Tel: 02 4921 7647, Mob: 0407 730 396, Web:


Easy, open to all and great for the environment, recycling through the NSW Government container deposit system can also be a highly effective fund raiser for your school. You could clean up your local area, collect donations from school families or simply collect the eligible containers currently going to landfill. Contact: Emily Winefield, West Gosford Depot Supervisor & Team Leader, Ph: 02 4304 5955, Mob: 0410 007 821, Email: Web:


Kariong Eco Garden is a place where people can learn about caring for the earth by providing habitat for wildlife, harvesting rainwater, using renewable energy, recycling organic matter and growing food, naturally. The garden can be booked for group visits or staff training - suggested donation $5/hour plus a gold coin donation per visitor. Contact: Lisa Wriley, Dandaloo Street, Kariong, 2250; Mob: 0429 431 889; Email:; Web:


The Take 3 education program aims to excite students to become marine advocates at their campus and within their local area. Students will examine thier own behaviour in terms of single-use plastic consumption and connect litter in the environment with the effects on marine and other wildlife. Contact:  Email: ; Web:


is a centre for education and research specialising in marine, coastal and estuarine environments. The CCMDC provides environmental education programs to non-government schools and specialist marine programs, which could include beach litter and microplastic surveys, to all schools. Contact: Tel: 02 4349 4756 (Monday-Friday) 02 4385 5027 (Saturday, Sunday); Email: Web:


Local Land Services (LLS) delivers services to farmers, landholders and the community across rural and regional NSW.

Some grants are available for schools if there is an agricultural focus. This could tie in with composting systems. Contact: Maree Whelan; Land Services Officer; Tel: 02 4355 8201 


ABC website War on Waste

Cleanaway recycling and waste operator on the Central Coast

Ban the Bag a website focused on removing plastic shopping bags

Marine debris teaching resources

Sustainable schools worm farms and composting

Recycling Services

Government contract - public schools: all schools are eligible for recycling services from Cleanaway and other contractors under the 9698 contract. 

For further information, please contact local Cleanaway on 131339 or directly to the managers James Arnold (southern schools): Mob: 0481 003 896, Email: or Marina Ivkocic (northern schools): Mob: 0403 060 695, Email:

Council's recycling service

Schools are able to access the council's recycling services, which are charged using the rates under the Business Waste category. Schools would need to complete and lodge the appropriate commercial waste services request form on the Cleanaway website. The principal must sign the form to accept that these charges will be added to a rates account and that a rates notice will be issued to the school.

For further information, please contact Trudy Van Laar, Waste Management Officer, Central Coast Council: Ph: 02 4325 8817, Email:

The coast for 1 x 240L recycling bin/fortnight is $111/year (current 2024) across all Central Coast schools and businesses.

To find our if you can recycle items which can't go in your yellow lidded bin, visit Planet Ark Recycling Near You.