Growing a worm farm, making compost and recycling aluminium cans into garden labels is all part of a normal lesson at Karrinyup Primary School.
WA Environment Minister Albert Jacob said the school used an $8,000 grant from the WA Government’s Waste Wise Schools program to lead the way in incorporating waste reduction and sustainability into daily life.
Under its Reduce, Reuse, Recycle and Rethink learning program, the school established a recycling and waste education centre, which recycles many products including paper, clothing, batteries and toothbrushes.
“Karrinyup Primary School has consistently focused on waste reduction as a part of its school culture,” Mr Jacob said.
“I’m very pleased to see students embracing these programs because they point to a future where sustainable living will be second nature.
“To meet the recycling targets set out in the State Government’s waste strategy, we need to change more attitudes about recycling.”
The school’s farm garden is an outdoor classroom where children learn about sowing seeds, composting, plant life cycles, raising worms and the role of insects in the garden.
The Minister said every Karrinyup Primary School student had a role in reducing waste with each year group responsible for different projects, including recycling mobile phones and coffee pods, reducing classroom electricity, and weeding and watering the farm garden.
Other initiatives at the school include students bringing waste-free lunch boxes on Waste-Free Wednesdays. The school canteen offers waste-free menus and the Help Save the Planet Club has activities such as beach clean-ups and tree planting.
The Year 6 students’ sustainability projects to raise money for charity include selling diluted worm leachate, seedlings, and garden labels made out of recycled aluminium cans.
The next Waste Wise Schools grant round opens on Monday October 31, 2016 and closes on Friday February 24, 2017.