Use­ful stuff from rub­bish

Central Leader - - News - By Carly Tawhiao

Eden­dale School wants to con­vert its rub­bish into new com­put­ers and sports equip­ment.

The pri­mary school is ex­plor­ing sus­tain­abil­ity and con­ducted its first rub­bish au­dit last week to raise aware­ness of the con­cepts re­duce, re­use and re­cy­cle.

With the money it saves by send­ing less waste to the land­fill, new school equip­ment can be pur­chased in­stead.

Teach­ers Brian Cole­man and Latha Nayagam are driv­ing the pro­gramme which will give the school base­line data about how much pa­per, plas­tic and food scraps it wastes.

Rep­re­sen­ta­tives from classes in year 3 to year 6 helped sort a day’s worth of rub­bish and are ed­u­cat­ing younger pupils as well.

“The whole school has been in­volved with the pupils shar­ing knowl­edge that nat­u­ral re­sources are not in­ex­haustible,” says Mr Cole­man.

He says the em­pha­sis is on re­duc­ing first, reusing and then re­cy­cling and the school is looking at start­ing a worm farm to com­ple­ment its com­post­ing sys­tem.

“Pre-pack­aged food can’t be re­cy­cled but par­ents can buy lunch food in bulk and use reuse­able con­tain­ers in­stead. It works out to cost less too.”

The school also dis­cov­ered that four times as much food waste was go­ing in the land­fill bin rather than the al­lo­cated food bins around school.

“It costs $5000 a year to send our rub­bish to the land- fill when we re­ally don’t need to. We think we can prob­a­bly halve that, and pupils clearly had sug­ges­tions about what we could do with the leftover money.”

Wastewise Schools co-or­di­na­tor Nicky El­more says Eden­dale has set a bench­mark which can be re­assessed in a year’s time.

“When they have knowl­edge by sort­ing them­selves, they can make their own sys­tem for their school. It will save land­fill space, trans­port costs and nu­tri­ents for gar­den com­post.”

Photo: JA­SON OX­EN­HAM

All sorted: Eden­dale Pri­mary School teacher Brian Cole­man and pupil Abi­gail Roache, 8, use a day’s worth of garbage for their first rub­bish au­dit.

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