School wages war on waste
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.