Playcentre cracks down on waste
Environmentally minded tumoetai Playcentre families have received recognition for their efforts in waste minimisation.
But their efforts have been more than just recycling.
The playcentre has implemented many changes— big and small— from using a material towel dispenser, to providing a “bug hotel,” to worm farming to up-cycling materials for play.
The Bellevue playcentre has been validated for their waste minimisation commitment with Tauranga City Council’s resourcewise schools’ programme, which they have been with since 2016.
In a recent waste audit the centre achieved a 92 per cent rate of diversion from landfill.
Atypical kindergarten achieves 60-70 per cent diversion.
“It’s an amazing achievement and testament to the hardwork and commitment of our member families,” says parent teacher Jodie Moore.
She says it is wonderful to be validated for steps they have carried out for a long time.
There is a big emphasis on wooden toys rather than plastic.
Jodie says they consider the future of new toys and anything brought into the centre . . . where those toys may end up in years to come.
The centre has a functioning worm farm, compost bin, an oral care recycling collection point, and a vegetable garden has been established for years. It contains strawberries, beetroot, silverbeet, a swan plant and flowers to encourage bees, and there are pear, mandarin and lemon trees and passionfruit vines.
The collage area contains natural and found resources and the centre is glitter free.
They recycle old towels for cleaning rags, use a material towel dispenser, have a “bug hotel” for we¯ta¯, divide their waste into cardboard and paper, recyclable and waste.
Waste is kept to aminimum and inside waste bins are hosed out rather than lined with plastic.
Everything that can be reused is used, Jodie says, from coffee grounds for the garden to vegetable scraps for the worms.
Unnamed and unclaimed artwork is reused to create cards.
“For me I have been trying to reduce waste at home as well.
“I think that is important for our children to see— that this is happening in other places as well,” Jodie says.
tumoetai Playcentre is keeping general waste to an absolute minimum. Pictured is Jodie Moore with daughter Sascha Moore-Smith, 1.