Melbourne Waste Workshop (5 hrs CPD)

Royal Park Education Centre
Royal Melbourne Hospital

The Melbourne Waste Workshop is full.

If you would still like to attend a workshop there are a few options available to you:

1. Register to attend one of the regional workshops in Wangaratta or Warnambool.

2. Register your team to go onto the wait list for Melbourne by emailing Your email must include:

  • The location of the workshop you want to attend
  • The name of at least one other person who will be attending with you.
  • One (two maximum) waste streams that you would like to improve OR introduce on you ward
  • Confirmation that you have discussed the workshop and the waste stream(s) you want to tackle with your NUM and Waste/Environmental Manager

If more than 10 teams register DHHS will investigate hosting an additional workshop in Melbourne at a later date.


Do you want to introduce a new recycling stream to your ward but don’t know where to start?

Do you already have a recycling collection, but people are always putting the wrong things in the bin?

The Department of Health and Human Services, with support from ANMF (Vic Branch) and Sustainability Victoria, is hosting a series of free workshops to help hospital staff introduce a new, or improve an existing, recycling collection on your ward or in your health service.

The Waste Workshops are a one-day program that will help you understand how to set up/improve a recycling program in your hospital, who you need to talk to for support and how to sell your idea to them.

You will work with professional facilitators, as well as DHHS’s Waste Education Officer, Sustainability Officers from various hospitals and clinical staff who have successfully introduced their own recycling programs. The key take-aways will be:

  • An action plan for introducing a new recycling program or improving an existing one;
  • A stakeholder engagement plan, identify who to talk to and how to sell your idea to them;
  • An introduction to preparing business cases;
  • Inspiration and learnings from fellow nurses, doctors, environmental services staff etc. who have been on the same journey.

These workshops are just one step in the process and so, before applying to participate, there are a few things that you must know:

What is the recycling stream I want to tackle?

Maybe the contamination in your recycling bin is terrible, you want to start collecting ‘Little Blue Towels’, or every other ward in your hospital has a PVC recycling collection and you want one too.

You must have a clear idea of what recycling stream you’ll be introducing/improving so that the workshop can be tailored to suit your needs.

Have you discussed this with your NUM, Environmental Officer and/or Waste Manager?

There might be a very good reason why you can’t recycle certain things. In some regional areas it isn’t possible for certain recycling streams to be collected as it’s too expensive to transport the recyclables to processing facilities.

Your hospital may have tried to recycle an item in the past, but things have gone wrong and the collection has stopped.

Support from your NUM, Waste Manager or Environmental Officer will greatly assist in achieving your goals. However, if you don’t currently have their support, or don’t know how to get it, this does not mean that you should give up. Please contact DHHS's Waste Education Officer at to discuss next steps.

Will other people at my hospital help me?

Things are always easier if you’ve got the support of your friends and colleagues. To successfully introduce a recycling collection there will be meetings to attend, business cases to make, signage to develop and training to run. And if you leave the hospital who will make sure all your hard work isn’t wasted?

Because of this we require a minimum of two people attend the workshop from each project. If this is not possible, please contact DHHS's Waste Education Officer at to discuss how to get someone else on board.



How do I register?

Select the green 'Register' button at the top of the page. You will then be able to register yourself and the other attendee(s) who will be joining you (select the total number of tickets you require). 

Attendees can register seperately however, so we know that you'll be together, please contact Rachel McConville at

Will there be catering?

Morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea will be provided. You will be asked during the registration process whether you have any dietary requirements.


What are my transport/parking options for getting to and from the event?

Follow the link below for information regarding getting to Royal Park Campus


How can I contact the organiser with any questions?

If you have any questions please contact Rachel McConville, Waste Education Officer at DHHS, on 03 9096 2343 or at

Royal Park Education Centre
Royal Park Education Centre
Royal Melbourne Hospital