Future Resourcers

Welcome to the Future Resourcers Program!

We’re inspiring our best young minds to come together to tackle food waste. 

Veolia’s Future Resourcers free 6 week program delivers sustainability education to participating schools across Australia. Using the principles of Education for Sustainability (EfS), the program provides education to primary and secondary school students in a fun, engaging and informative way. This free 6-week education program challenges students to develop a creative and innovative solution, known as ‘The Pitch’, with a  focus on food waste. Schools present their solutions, and compete against other schools across the country for the ultimate title of Future Resourcers winner!

Future Resourcers will be mapped to the curriculum and also links to other programs, including: National Science WeekSeasons of CreationResourceSmart Schools (VIC)Sustainable Schools (NSW)Sustainable Schools Network and WasteWise (WA).

Want to learn more or get involved?


What's involved?

  • 6-weeks of sustainability education linked to the Australian Curriculum.

  • Access to educational resources, activities and prizes. 

  • Support from our Sustainability Specialists throughout the program.

  • An end of program pitch to our judges with an opportunity to win prizes.

  • Waste Infrastructure Review, reviewing your school’s current waste and
    recycling infrastructure and providing recommendations to maximise recycling at your school.


What you could win

  • Winner wins $2500 of Veolia services, top 3 finalists will receive a prize.


Key dates

Registrations open

Term 1

Registrations close

1 July, 2022

Program commencement

Term 3

National winner announced

26 September, 2022



Check out our Future Resourcers Winners of 2021





“An outstanding program that highlighted real world issues. Students were highly engaged and lots made a difference in the local community.”

- Mount Eliza Primary

"There is so much that can be done in so many curriculum areas. It’s real learning that makes a real difference. Learning that has a purpose."

- Moama Anglican Grammar

"A valuable program that develops students empathy, critical thinking and leadership skills."

- Peninsula Grammar


Frequently asked questions


Is there a cost to participate in the Future Resourcers program?

No, it is free to participate in Future Resourcers program. Simply register your interest no later than 1 July, 2022, and agree to the Terms and Conditions. The relevant program materials will be forwarded prior to the start of the program which is Term 3.

Do I have to be a Veolia customer to participate?

No. Future Resourcers is available to all schools regardless of whether they are a Veolia customer - primary and secondary, government and non-government. However, if you’d like to be a Veolia customer, please let us know and we will send one of our Sales Managers to speak with your school about our range of waste and recycling collections. 

Is Future Resourcers the same as the Waste Pioneers Program?

The award-winning Waste Pioneers Program was specific to schools in Victoria, and will be superseded by the Future Resourcers program. Future Resourcers is based on the Waste Pioneers program, and will be available nationally. 

How does my school participate?

You will need to register your interest no later than 1 July, 2022.

We understand that every school is unique and operates differently. Future Resourcers has been designed to allow schools to decide how this program fits their school best. Your entire school can choose to participate in the program, only a certain year level can participate in the program or only your school’s Green Team can participate in the program. It’s your school’s journey so you decide how Future Resourcers will work best for your school community. 

Is Future Resourcers only offered in Term 3?

At this stage, Future Resourcers will only be offered in Term 3. This allows all schools to participate in the program and compete in The Pitch at the same time. If your school wants to participate in Future Resourcers but cannot participate in Term 3, please let us know and we can consider delivering Future Resourcers in more terms in the near future. 

How does The Pitch work?

Your students are challenged with creating a solution to The Pitch topic. At the end of the 6-week program, your school’s Pitch will be submitted, via video submission. A team of judges will review each video and judge on 3 criteria: Creativity, Innovation and Presentation. The school with the highest score from the judges will be chosen as the Future Resourcers winner!

Can my school submit more than one 'Pitch'?

Future Resourcers has been designed so that as many students as possible are engaged and creating solutions. However, only 1 Pitch per school is allowed to compete in The Pitch. It is recommended that, should your school have many great pitch ideas, to host your own semi-final Pitch, and then choose that winning Pitch to represent your school in The Pitch. This makes it the most fair in allowing all schools to compete against each other, with only 1 Pitch per school. 

Do students require a media release?

It is required that any students who participate in The Pitch have a media release with your school. It will be assumed that any images Veolia receives containing students have a media release with your school. 

Veolia may use images from the videos for promotional material. If your school is the selected winner, there will be media and promotion to go along with the announcement and the images will be used. So, please ensure that all students participating in the program have a media release. Otherwise, those students who do not have a media release with your school can still participate in the program but please do not share images with those students in it.



Would you like to know more?

If you have a question about the program, or would like more information on how to participate, please contact our team on [email protected].