Kinder kids clean up
MOAMA Anglican Grammar kinder students have been named the most persuasive waste warriors.
Campaspe Shire Council in partnership with Veolia challenged eight schools in a six week Waste Pioneers Program to engage, educate and promote good recycling habits.
The schools that took part in the program were St Mary’s Primary School Rushworth, Colbinabbin Primary School, St Patrick’s Primary School Tongala, Rochester Secondary College, Stanhope Primary School, Moama Anglican Grammar, St Mary's Primary School Echuca and Echuca Central School.
Veolia’s sustainability co-oordinator Francesca Stafford visited each school in July and spoke about waste and sustainability with the introduction of the Waste Pioneers Program (including the major project pitch).
‘‘The project pitch required students to come up with a model, product or business proposal for a 1.25 litre plastic bottle,’’ Ms Stafford said.
Plastic bottles are the most common item seen at Veolia’s Materials Recovery Facility (MRF) in Echuca.
As part of the pitch presentations, students were given the opportunity to tour the MRF to discover where recycling goes after it is placed in the yellow lid recycling bin and how it gets sorted.
Judged on creativity, innovation and presentation, the Grammar’s kinder class spent the term collecting plastic soda water bottles from home and building a large ottoman using hula hoops, recycled bubble wrap and cardboard.
They engaged the school community to help with the project and even had a parent sew together patchwork scraps to make a cover for the ottoman.
The class uses its ottoman every day for reading, demonstrating a creative use of resources to construct something useful for their school.
Second prize was awarded to the grade four students at St Mary’s Primary School, Echuca for their impressive project creation, The Big Dripper, a pump-activated and drip-fed wall of live pot plants.
Third prize went to Rochester Secondary College’s year 10 students who developed a business, Blue Water Cases, proposing to create a protective phone cover out of plastic bottles collected from the ocean.