Recycling and Reducing- Advocate for Better Choices

Everyone generates rubbish in their home, but how we dispose of it is and how it's managed is very important!

How much do you contribute to landfill, and how much can you stop from being thrown out?


  • What types of rubbish can be found in your home?
  • How do you sort the rubbish in your home? Do you have different bins for Paper recycling, Plastic recycling and general waste? Do you have a compost bin or worm farm?
  • What types of waste disposal and collection are supplied by your local council?
  • (Scouts, Venturers and Rovers) What types of waste do you generate on your Group, Region and State camps and activities? Think of things like Moots, Jamborees and Dragonskin.


  • Do a waste audit in your home. Include the types of waste you can see, and write down how much of each type there is.
  • Set up a rubbish system in your home that lets you manage all the different types of waste. You could even decorate the bins with paints to make it easy for people to know what bin to use.
  • (Scouts, Venturers and Rovers) Plan (or replan) an activity or camp to minimise how much rubbish is generated. Think of the food waste, but also remember to include waste from broken camping gear, beverage containers and even power usage from chargers and generators.


  • How could you run this at your Scout Hall? How can your group or Unit set up a recycling program at your own hall?
  • Are there any things that you could reuse from your waste? How could you reuse old jars, bottles and containers in your house?
  • (Scouts, Venturers and Rovers) How can you implement some of your above design into your next camp or activity?

This Activity is a part of the Champions for Nature Challenge. You can find more details here.

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