Schools strive to be re­cy­cling cham­pi­ons

Whanganui Chronicle - - News - By Jesse King

If you have ever seen a large group of chil­dren pick­ing up lit­ter and pil­ing it into bags in your favourite walk­ing area, they might have been stu­dents of Arahunga Spe­cial School.

The school is com­mit­ted to keep­ing its grounds and all of Whanganui as clean as pos­si­ble and do so by re­cy­cling ev­ery week.

Na­tional Vol­un­teer Week runs from June 17 un­til June 23 and, as part of it, Vol­un­teer Whanganui is r un­ning a “r ecy­cli ng is pri mary” com­pe­ti­tion.

Arahunga Spe­cial School was one of the first to con­firm par­tic­i­pa­tion in the com­pe­ti­tion, which will see stu­dents cre­ate a video about how to re­duce plas­tic in their school.

Line man­ager of tran­si­tion at Arahunga Spe­cial School, Yvonne Bieleski, said re­cy­cling was some­thing they do re­gard­less of any com­pe­ti­tion.

“We re­cy­cle all of our card- board, milk bottles and plas­tics and we have re­cy­cle Fri­day, where we col­lect all of those things up and take them down to re­cy­cling.

“It’s im­por­tant to us be­cause we need to look after our en­vi­ron­ment and be re­spon­si­ble about our waste.”

Arahunga stu­dents have not yet be­gun work on their video and Bieleski was tight-lipped on what they might pro­duce.

Par­tic­i­pat­ing schools are re­quired to upload their videos to the MoreFM Face­book page through­out vol­un­teer week for a chance of win­ning some prizes.

They in­clude a Len­ovo lap­top, a s et of r ecy­cli ng bi ns, sus­tain­able shop­ping bags and two $100 gift vouch­ers from Countdown.

“The prizes are a bonus, to be hon­est, they’re not our fo­cus, our fo­cus is on send­ing out the message that re­cy­cling is im­por­tant,” Bieleski said.

“I couldn’t even tell you what the prizes are, they aren’t at the fore­front of my mind.”

Some stu­dents at Arahunga also get the chance to help at the Wan­ganui Re­source Re­cov­ery Cen­tre on a Mon­day.

“We have a sup­port worker and a cou­ple of our tran­si­tion stu­dents go down and help to sort through the re­cy­cling and make sure it’s in the right con­tain­ers,” Bieleski said.

“They are won­der­ful with our young peo­ple, very en­cour­ag­ing and sup­port­ive.

“I’m pleased they gave us the op­por­tu­nity be­cause it’s a way for us to give back to our com­mu­nity.”

So far Arahunga Spe­cial School, Tawhero School, St Ge­orge’s School and Keith St School have con­firmed their par­tic­i­pa­tion in re­cy­cling is pri­mary.

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