Broome schools cut waste
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.”
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.