The Recycle Right ‘Rangers’ volunteer group was set up in March 2021. Previously, a Community Advisory Group (CAG) was established in 2009 to enable the SMRC to engage with and be responsive to the community, especially in terms of odour issues. Over the years, the CAG changed its name to the Waste Reduction Recycling Education Network (WREN). The role of the WREN evolved considerably over time, with reduced members and reduced representation of Member Councils. There was less need to gather and provide community feedback and the group members were keen to reach out further to the community to provide education and advice, a role that was better placed with the Recycle Right Education team at the SMRC. A review of the WREN was undertaken in November 2020, and it was agreed by the SMRC Stakeholder Relations Committee (and endorsed by SMRC Council in February 2021) that the WREN be dissolved, and a new volunteer group be established.
The Recycle Right Rangers is a volunteer group under the umbrella of the Southern Metropolitan Regional Council’s ‘Recycle Right’ Education Program. The Recycle Right Rangers will:
Assist the Recycle Right Education team to encourage and assist residents and businesses in Western Australia to recycle, reduce their waste and live more sustainably.
This will be achieved through volunteering/assisting at:
• Public community events
• School incursions
• Tours of the Regional Resource Recovery Facility (RRRC) facility in Canning Vale
• Education workshops for the community run by the Recycle Right Education team
• Other tasks that may arise with the Recycle Right Education team
As a Recycle Right Ranger, you will:
• attend an introductory workshop about waste education (covering recycling, reduction, avoidance)
• undertake a tour of the Regional Resource Recovery Facility (RRRC) in Canning Vale
• gain a ‘Working with Children’ card through the Recycle Right Education Program
• receive regular education updates (via quarterly workshops) to ensure familiarity with the latest waste education trends
• receive a Recycle Right long-sleeved t-shirt to wear at events
• provide feedback on waste education material produced for community groups and schools
• meet and engage with other like-minded individuals interested in waste education
• receive valuable experience working with the community and school children on waste education
• join exclusive behind-the-scenes tours of recycling and waste-related facilities
Who are we looking for?
To become a Recycle Right Ranger, you will:
• have an interest in waste recycling and avoidance
• be passionate about living sustainably
• be friendly and confident talking to members of the community and children
While you do not need a background in waste, sustainability, education or volunteering, those already with skills in these areas will be warmly welcomed.
Students enrolled in sustainability, education, science communication or waste-related courses are encouraged to join and gain valuable work experience.
Potential roles available
Give the Recycle Right Education team a hand at community events such as festivals, fairs and shows as well as Recycle Right waste education workshops and community presentations. Help out with registration, assist with activities, and engage in conversation with attendees. Waste-related costumes are being investigated for volunteers to wear if they are keen on dressing up.
School Activity Ranger
Join the Recycle Right Education team at our Primary School Waste Education Days. A new program has been developed where the children rotate around a number of waste activity stations. Lead or assist in the running of an activity station.
Assist with bin monitoring during events or help do a bin audit. Make sure community members know what goes in which bin. Guide them in using the Recycle Right app.
Do you have a specific skill (such as craft/art, website experience, video production, graphic design, data entry, sustainable gardening) that could help the Recycle Right Education team? Or something waste related that you would like to share with the community? Please get in touch and let us know your ideas!