School wages war on waste

Pilbara News - - Education - Ali­cia Perera

St Paul’s Pri­mary has be­come the first school in Kar­ratha to earn a State ac­cred­i­ta­tion for en­vi­ron­men­tally re­spon­si­ble education.

The Waste Wise pro­gram, ac­cred­ited by the Waste Au­thor­ity WA, sup­ports schools that build the “three Rs” of re­duc­ing, reusing and re­cy­cling waste prod­ucts into their cur­ricu­lum.

St Paul’s Waste Wise pro­gram co­or­di­na­tor Shey­din Barnes said to join the pro­gram they formed a stu­dent and par­ent com­mit­tee, mapped out a pol­icy and plan and per­formed an eye-open­ing au­dit of the school’s rub­bish col­lec­tion.

“We did a Waste Wise au­dit where the Year 6s went through 50 per cent of the school bins and they cat­e­gorised all the rub­bish that we were send­ing to land­fill,” she said.

“Out of 50 per cent of our rub- bish, 23kg was food scraps. Over half of our rub­bish was all re­cy­clable stuff that we could be re­cy­cling ev­ery day.”

The school be­came part of the Stephanie Alexan­der Kitchen Gar­den pro­gram two years ago and al­ready runs re­cy­cling projects for pa­per prod­ucts, bat­ter­ies, mo­bile phones and drink can lids.

Mrs Barnes said a num­ber of staff at the school were pas­sion­ate about the en­vi­ron­ment.

“I think ev­ery­one needs to start mov­ing to­wards sus­tain­able prac­tices now and it’s some­thing we re­ally need to work to­wards as a com­mu­nity,” she said.

“Get­ting the kids in­volved is the first step to ed­u­cat­ing the wider com­mu­nity.”

Year 6 stu­dents on the Waste Wise com­mit­tee said they had learnt a lot about sus­tain­abil­ity from the school’s re­cy­cling pro­grams and had fun do­ing it.

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