School puts its waste to a good use

Harvey-Waroona Reporter - - NEWS -

AUSTRALIND Se­nior High School has turned bins to bounty by tak­ing part in a trial com­post­ing ma­chine pro­gram and be­com­ing an ac­cred­ited Waste Wise school on June 7.

Last term the school was one of six in WA to be given a $20,000 au­to­matic com­post­ing ma­chine as part of a Waste Au­thor­ity trial pro­gram.

Science learn­ing area head Greg Lan­caster said the school’s re­cy­cling and waste ed­u­ca­tion pro­gram had been go­ing for a num­ber of years.

“We’re try­ing to im­prove the un­der­stand­ing of stu­dents about sus­tain­abil­ity and min­imis­ing waste, and just be­ing a bet­ter citizen,” Mr Lan­caster said.

Lab­o­ra­tory tech­ni­cian Emma Fromont said the ba­sis of the Waste Wise pro­gram was hav­ing schools look at what they could do to min­imise their im­pact.

Ms Fromont said stu­dents had been col­lect­ing or­ganic waste from around the school through­out the term.

The ma­chine is filled through­out the week and left run­ning over the week­end, al­low­ing the compost to break down, and on Mon­day it can then be har­vested.

“We set up a worm farm as well, so that breaks it down even fur­ther,” she said.

Ms Fromont said the compost would be used in the school’s or­ganic “earth gar­den”.

Mr Lan­caster said the pro­gram taught stu­dents about the closed loop of or­ganic waste.

“It shows them it just doesn’t dis­ap­pear some­where, it’s a cy­cle and they can have an ef­fect, a sig­nif­i­cant ef­fect re­ally,” he said.

Pic­ture: David Charlesworth

Australind Se­nior High School Year 7 stu­dents Freya Howe, Emer­son Di­blasi and Cazemier Tongi use the au­to­matic com­post­ing ma­chine.

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