Broome schools cut waste

Broome Advertiser - - News - Carly Laden

Two Broome pri­mary schools are lead­ing the way on re­duc­ing waste thanks to new State Gov­ern­ment grants for re­cy­cling projects.

Broome North and Ca­ble Beach pri­mary schools were among a record 34 WA schools that re­ceived more than $100,000 in grants ac­cred­ited un­der the Waste Wise Schools pro­gram, an­nounced by En­vi­ron­ment Min­is­ter Stephen Daw­son.

The Gov­ern­ment fund­ing was spent on a range of sus­tain­able waste projects at schools — from re­cy­cling bins and com­posts to worm farms and chick­ens.

Broome North Pri­mary School re­ceived al­most $2000 in fund­ing, which prin­ci­pal Leon Wilson said would be used to ex­pand ex­ist­ing Waste Wise projects, which in­clude a chicken pen in the kinder­garten area.

“We will be us­ing the fund­ing to set up com­post­ing of food scraps at school, con­tinue our waste-free lunches and to ex­pand our pa­per and card­board re­cy­cling pro­gram,” he said.

“We are hope­ful that th­ese projects will ed­u­cate and en­cour­age stu­dents, staff and the whole school com­mu­nity to change their be­hav­iours to re­duce waste.”

Mean­while Ca­ble Beach Pri­mary School re­ceived more than $4000, which prin­ci­pal Paul Neates said would help to con­tinue ex­pand­ing its ex­ist­ing Waste Wise pro­gram, af­ter re­ceiv­ing a $2000 grant in 2017.

“Our first grant in­cluded form­ing a Waste Wise com­mit­tee, con­duct­ing a waste au­dit and de­vel­op­ing a whole school pol­icy and plan,” he said.

“The school is now em­bark­ing on the third phase of the Waste Wise pro­gram.

“Fund­ing from the lat­est grant will align with up­com­ing ini­tia­tives which in­clude build­ing a chicken coup, up­grad­ing our veg­etable gar­dens, in­creas­ing the ca­pac­ity of our com­post­ing fa­cil­i­ties, in­tro­duc­ing worm farms and en­hanc­ing our ex­ist­ing Waste War­rior pro­gram.”

En­vi­ron­ment Min­is­ter Stephen Daw­son said he was pleased to see the re­duce, re­use, re­cy­cle cul­ture at the State’s schools.

“Stu­dents at Waste Wise Schools show an im­pres­sive com­mit­ment to chang­ing their be­hav­iour to avoid waste and min­imise the amount that ends up in land­fill,” he said. “We need to follow the ex­am­ple be­ing set by our kids.

“We all have a re­spon­si­bil­ity to do the right thing and adopt smarter waste man­age­ment prac­tices at home, at work and at school.”

“The McGowan Gov­ern­ment has al­ready com­mit­ted to a num­ber of strate­gic waste re­forms, in­clud­ing the in­tro­duc­tion of a con­tainer de­posit scheme and a ban on light­weight sin­gle-use plastic bags.”

Pic­ture: Carly Laden

Broome North PS’ ex­ist­ing Waste Wise pro­gram in­volves stu­dent en­vi­ron­ment lead­ers Max Bow­ers, 9, Maddi McKenzie, 9, Ayanna Hayter-Otaola, 10, and Jaxon Gower, 9, and chick­ens.

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