Awards Scheme

What is it?

Our Waste Warriors Award Scheme is a way for kids to form better habits around waste, and to be recognised positively for their efforts and progress.

Our landscapes, waterways and oceans are full of rubbish – rubbish that hasn’t been dealt with properly, and rubbish that didn’t need to be produced or used in the first place.

By changing our behaviours we will make a real difference for our environment, and for our animals and plants.

How does it work?

Through Waste Warriors, kids are encouraged to do the following actions:

  1. Pick up litter in their community.
  2. Refuse unnecessary items.
  3. Reduce their use of single-use plastics.
  4. Reuse as many items as they can.
  5. Rehome items they no longer need or want.
  6. Manage their waste well by recycling and composting, and to encourage others to as well.

Kids show their progress in forming better waste habits by getting their actions signed or marked off in their special Waste Warrior Work Booklet by an adult or another kid.

Each square represents one instance of doing the helpful action (eg. one trip outside to pick up litter would count for one square). You need to do five things for each action – ’cause practice makes progress!

Examples of Actions can be found on this website. They aren’t the only things you can do, but they give you some good ideas. Kids who want to go above and beyond the norm, or are already experienced Waste Warriors, can take on the challenge of an Extra for Experts action.

Every kid who completes their workbook will be able to get a certificate from their school/community group/family to recognise their efforts and growth.

Kids who have really committed to building new habits and/or have excelled at being a Waste Warrior, can be nominated to go into the draw to win a special sustainable prize on top of the certificate.


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