Waste Education

Lithgow City Council is proud to present the results of our first ‘We Are Waste Wise’ Primary School Art Competition in 2020.

The theme for the competition was ‘Our Place Our Future’ and students were asked to draw a picture about what they think is special about their local environment. The entries were fabulous!

114 entries were received covering a wide range of environmental themes and local landmarks including the Blast Furnace, Queen Elizabeth Park, Lake Lyell, Lithgow Railway Bridge, Wollemi Pine and more.

It was a tough decision for the judges to pick the winning pictures.  See the link below to view the winning pictures and the talented winners and finalists.



Over the past decade, the total volume of waste generated in Australia has nearly doubled from 22 million tonnes in the late 1990s to 43 million tonnes in the late 2000s. Australia’s rapid population growth is a strong factor influencing the amount of waste being disposed of at landfill. Many landfills in urban areas in NSW are required by the State Government to pay a Solid Waste Levy for each tonne of waste received for disposal at the facility. The purpose of the levy is to encourage recycling and recovery of materials through waste minimisation practises and Waste Collection Services.

To help educate the community about the importance of waste minimisation, Lithgow City Council is actively engaging in education programs designed to encourage resource recovery and increase understanding of the benefits to the local community and surrounding environment of recycling and waste avoidance.

The Primary Schools Waste Education Program was delivered to schools across the Lithgow LGA in May 2019, with a total of 2,864 students participating across 117 incursions to-date.  A group of 25 local residents participated in the Community Organics Recycling Workshop in October 2019 at the Lithgow Library. 

New education programs are currently scheduled for 2020 and will be announced shortly  Please contact Council with any further education enquiries.


Tyler Glover from Lithgow Public School
took out the Overall Winner prize with his colourful picture of the Blast Furnace.

Molly Lambert from Meadow Flat Public School
was Runner Up with her beautifully detailed picture of a koala in nature.

Braxton Burgess from Lithgow Public School
won the Encouragement Award   for his striking picture of the Wollemi Pine

Mikayla Johnson from Cooerwull School
won the Best Local Landscape/Landmark with her eye catching picture of Queen Elizabeth Park.

Finalists were:

Nellie Griffiths and Rhys Callaghan (Portland Central School)

Niamh Jenkins (Hampton Public School)

Kayleigh Northey, HollyParker, Kaira Hughes, Natalia Melnyk, Jayden Judson and Isaac Beckett (Cooerwull Public School)

Thank you teachers and students for your efforts in celebrating ‘Our Place’ Lithgow LGA.