School goes greener
RECYCLING BINS REPLACE HOME BINS
DAYTON’S Riverlands Montessori School has started a recycling revolution in an attempt to become more sustainable.
The school, which was registered as a Waterwise School last year, has placed coloured bins around the school to encourage children and parents to bring items that can be recycled.
The project is only one of the initiatives the school has undertaken to be sustainable, with each class also having its own worm farm and outdoor composters.
Deputy principal Ian Chapman said the projects would help teach students to be wise about waste and consider what they were putting into landfill.
“The children now see the many benefits in the way the school recycles and reuses products that were previously thrown into bins at home and sent to landfill,” he said.
“The whole journey for us is to provide a positive future for our children and a healthy planet on which to live for many years to come.”
Each class has garden beds to care for and scraps are fed to the school’s chickens, with the eggs used in the school’s cooking programs.
Principal Ineke Oliver said the school’s ethos was to nurture the community and environment.
“We would like to think we are providing a positive influence for the wider community in years to come,” he said.