Thinking seriously about waste

TEN schools in the City of Glenorchy have snapped up the chance to learn about waste and the environment as part of a free Waste Education Program.

Run by the Glenorchy City Council for the past two-years, the program covers topics including kerbside collection, landfill and litter collection, the importance and benefits of recycling and the impacts of littering on the environment.

Glenorchy Mayor Kristie Johnston said Council wanted to deliver the program to as many students and schools as possible in the municipality.

“The presentation is suitable for all ages and locations,” she said.

“We have delivered the program for the past two-years to Rosetta Primary School, which has integrated really well into what they are teaching their students.

“It is fantastic that schools have accepted our education program and they are getting to see the value of recycling and reusing many household objects that may normally go to landfill.

“These children are our future and if they can take what they are learning home to their parents, siblings and extended family, it can change the attitude of the whole community to think seriously about what they are doing with their waste.”

Rosetta Primary School Eco and Sustainability Schools coordinator Lindy Devereux said the children responded well to the program.

She said they were always learning new things as the program differed each year.

“We recycle as many things as possible at the school,” she said.

“We have a ring pull collection and we recycle soft plastics and also have an oral care recycling program.

“In most parts of the curriculum, there is a big sustainability component that we build into the program.

“We run a competition using recycled materials and always participate in Clean-Up Australia Day.

“The school also belongs to a group called Eco Schools, which have grants available to assist schools in their recycling efforts.”

To provide additional activities to schools who undertake this program, Glenorchy City Council has collaborated with several organisations including Veolia Environmental Services, MONA’s 24 Carrot Garden, SKM Recycling, Terracycle and Mobile Muster.

These activities align with the Australian Curriculum across sustainability and help engage students on important issues relating to waste and the environment.

Glenorchy City Council will soon be holding a competition for all schools that have participated in the waste education presentation to design a sign, which will be placed on the side of Council’s new litter truck to promote a litter free environment.

If your school would like to book a Glenorchy City Council Waste Education Program, phone customer service on 6216 6800, email gccmail@gcc.tas.gov.au or visit the website and complete a “contact us” form.

Caption: Clockwise from left, Rosetta Primary School students Kimberley Gadd, William Telega, Glenorchy City Council waste education officer Danielle Hall, student Charlotte Lennox and Glenorchy City Council Mayor Kristie Johnston.

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