How to guide

Early Childhood

> Trash Nest
Collect and display your waste


With waste, it’s often out of sight, out of mind. Even though individually we may not create much waste, collectively we make a whole lot of waste!

Raising awareness about how much waste we create helps people ‘re-think’ their shopping habits and encourages people to buy food with less packaging and to try packing a waste-free lunch. Reducing the amount of packaging we use – or avoiding it altogether – is an easy way to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and protect the environment.

How To Do It


Collect all the waste that would normally go in the bin at your centre for an entire day/week, including:

  • Plastic packets and containers
  • Aluminum foil, cans and steel cans
  • Paper and cardboard
  • Other waste from children’s lunchboxes, e.g. straws, rubber-bands


Think of a fun and creative way to display what you’ve collected that will make a visual impact. For example:

  • Attach it to or enclose it in a fishing net
  • Decorate the outside of a cardboard box
  • Make a waste wall or curtain


Display your trash nest in a central place to attract attention or spread the word further by inviting the local paper to photograph your waste creation.

Whole Centre tip

Get all rooms at your centre involved and make a giant trash nest. Think about how you could display this waste to show visitors to the centre.

What’s Our Impact?

Look at the number of bins your trash nest fills or weigh your nest!

Approximately 1kg of plastic has a 6kg CO2e carbon footprint. What does that mean?

  • 30kg fills a 240L wheelie bin or equals 180 CO2e kg a year

How much waste did your group/the centre capture in its nest? What was your saving?


Fast Facts

In just one year you’ll have thrown away around 200kg of packaging waste and so will everyone you know.

Australians bin 1.9 million tonnes of packaging waste per year, which is enough to fill the Melbourne Cricket Ground nine times over!

1.9 million tonnes of packaging waste produces the same amount of greenhouse gas as 860,000 cars.