Thanks to the support of Mandy Botteral from the Moreton Bay Regional Council, All Saints School is introducing yellow recycling bins into all classrooms and office space areas. Our students from the Year 6 Environmental Committee will be visiting each class over the next week to present a talk to students using powerpoint about how to use the yellow bins. The Year 6 students are very motivated to make a difference in their final year at All Saints. Once this practice has been embedded in classrooms, larger yellow recycle bins will be purchased for use outside. Staff have also had training last week from Mandy and are fully informed and supportive of this new initiative.
One of the most important points that Mandy spoke to the students about is that wherever you place a yellow recycling bin, you must pair it with a general waste bin. This pairing will always provide choice for disposing of rubbish and create less error in the use of recycling bins. Earlier this term these students completed a whole school bin audit. The data from this audit showed that we were recycling paper and cardboard very well, but need to move to other recycling products. This new roll out of yellow recycling bins along with student education, will help change our habits and reduce the amount of rubbish going into landfill.
From next year the Queensland Government will introduce a general waste levy. If we continue to recycle more of our waste, this new waste levy will not have as big an impact on our budget. Our parent and staff Environmental Committee is helping to coordinate and oversee the direction that we are taking. This is just the start of our ‘War on Waste’. There will be many more initiatives that will be rolled out over the next few years.