Seek­ing new ways to cut waste

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Call­ing all Eco-War­riors – your ideas are needed on how to best teach our chil­dren about re­duc­ing waste.

Porirua City Coun­cil’s iconic re­source re­cov­ery and re­cy­cling cen­tre, Trash Palace, has re­cently re­opened un­der new op­er­a­tors af­ter be­ing closed for a year.

Coun­cil se­nior part­ner­ship ad­viser Wendy Barry said that gave the coun­cil a fan­tas­tic op­por­tu­nity for a fresh look at the waste ed­u­ca­tion pro­gramme for schools.

Pupils have been speak­ing on the sub­ject at a se­ries of work­shops, but the coun­cil also wants to tap into the ideas of the wider com­mu­nity.

‘‘The coun­cil is keen to har­ness the huge amounts of en­ergy and ex­per­tise from our lo­cals to ex­plore the po­ten­tial for com­mu­nity-based learn­ing and en­gage­ment in waste min­imi­sa­tion,’’ Barry said.

Public work­shops will be held at Trash Palace on June 11 and 25, 11am and 2.30pm, with lunch pro­vided.

The stu­dent work­shops fo­cused on how to set up the ed­u­ca­tion space, the top­ics they wanted to learn about, ideas for re­sources and ac­tiv­i­ties and help­ing de­sign the gar­den area.

For the com­mu­nity work­shops the coun­cil has en­listed ar­chi­tects, de­sign­ers and artists who spe­cialise in work­ing on plans for public spa­ces.

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