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How to set up a WAR ON WASTE Facebook group like a pro (or spring clean your settings)
If there is already a War on Waste group in your region, jump on in and join them.

If not, let’s get cracking. 

Why? Well simply put, it’s a place to share local knowledge, share  waste hacks with your locals and it will help you grow, network and connect.
So let’s do this!
In 5 minutes we’ll show you how to go from zero to Facebook admin hero… Time starts now…

1: Create Group

On your computer, log into Facebook and go to the small triangle icon next to the question mark. Select ‘Create Group’.

On mobile, tap the three-lined “hamburger” menu on top right, tap groups, manage, and ‘Create Group’.

2: name it

Name your group War on Waste [Faketown] swapping out Faketown with your town, suburb, city or region.

We set up our War on Waste Ryde group to cover the suburbs in our Local Government Area. Choose an area that is local enough for the advice and events to be relevant, but big enough that you can hear what’s going on beyond your front door.

If you have a buddy that is going to help you run the group, you can add their name now. Otherwise we will invite members once the group is set up.

Keep privacy as a ‘Public Group’ so that more people can see what is being posted in your group and may prompt them to join.  (But you can always change the privacy setting at a later date).

3: Manage your members

As the creator of the group, you are by default an administrator. Once you have other members, you can add multiple admins and moderators in your group. Admins have all the power (insert evil laugh), moderators can do most things except allocate roles to other group members.

Go to Members

  1. Click Members in the left menu.
  2. Click ‘…’  next to the person you want to make an admin or moderator
  3. Select Make Admin or Make Moderator.

4: Get your settings right

Go to Edit Group Settings.
Group type: Choose “Support”
Description: Write a short but engaging invitation for locals to join in. If you want to do get ideas from what others have done, click on their Facebook Group, then click on ‘About’.

Welcome to War on Waste [INSERT REGION NAME]

The aim of this group is to have a place to share local knowledge, waste hacks and events specific to [INSERT REGION] so we can all jump in and do our bit where possible.

Please feel free to share anything you come across, ask questions and help to spread the War on Waste word!

Please remember that everyone is at a different stage of their waste reduction journey. This is a supportive group, so always be kind and don’t ever shame. Open discussion is encouraged, but nastiness will not be tolerated.

So come on, let’s do this! Our planet needs us!
#WarOnWasteAU #WarOnWaste[INSERT REGION]

Tags: You can tag other pages who are aligned. We recommend ABCTV, your local council and any pages you manage that relate to a local waste campaign.

Locations: on the map search for your town, area or city

Linked Pages: If you are the admin of a related campaign page, search to link this page. We linked our ‘5 for RydePage to our ‘War on Waste Ryde Group. This means we can post in the War on Waste Ryde group from either our personal profiles, or from ‘5 for Ryde’.

Colour: Choose a pretty colour which works for you.

Web and Email address: This is where you create an alias website URL for your group. Right now the URL contains lots of numbers like this:


Once you add a username, your URL becomes more friendly.


The remaining settings should be set up as below:


5: Add group Cover photo

Click on the “Upload cover photo” button in the top right hand corner to upload a picture. A lot of the War on Waste groups choose a beautiful photo that is iconic of the area they live in. 

If you want your cover photo to include text, there are lots of free templates you can use on Canva.

What more do you want to know? Let us know and we’ll expand this article.

Feeling inspired, but overwhelmed with where to start?

Don’t worry, you’re not alone.  Download our toolkit and let’s get started.

Jo and Corina are two completely average members of their community in Ryde.

In 2017 they took a War on Waste inspired journey by introducing simple ways to reduce the use of single-use plastics in their community. Now, with the help of the ABC they’re back to share the ‘hows’ of doing good for your ’hood with the Fight For Planet A and War on Waste Toolkit.

Jo Taranto and Corina Seeto

Founders, Good For The Hood

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