School puts its waste to a good use
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.
Australind Senior High School Year 7 students Freya Howe, Emerson Diblasi and Cazemier Tongi use the automatic composting machine.