Corndale Public School has been crowned winner of Lismore City Council’s 2016 Waste Wise Schools Challenge, with a prize of $1500 to spend on further sustainability initiatives.
Corndale was one of 12 primary schools that took part in the Challenge, which teaches students about reducing waste, recycling correctly, reusing items at school and at home, and understanding the impact of their actions on the environment.
As part of the Challenge, each participating school had to:
- Conduct audits of their classroom and playground bins.
- Come up with ways to improve their waste management and then develop a short film showcasing what they achieved.Create a recycled sculpture.
- Become a Resource Recovery Satchel Collection Centre.
- Visit Lismore Recycling & Recovery Centre to see first-hand how recycling is sorted and separated, and how compost is made from food and garden scraps.
Corndale Public School set up a special recycling station with four dedicated bins for recycling, waste, organics and soft plastics (so these could be bagged and put into the yellow recycling bin).
The school also established a system for collecting small plastics such as straws in a 2L juice bottle, made their own signage for each bin, and expanded their efforts to after school care and the gardening staff.
The school now holds Waste Free Lunches and have eliminated poppers, plastic cutlery and disposable cups and plates from their canteen.
“Corndale took on board the recycling tips we gave them and made them their own to suit their particular school environment,” Council’s Waste Education Officer Danielle Hanigan said.
“While Corndale was selected as the overall winner, every participating school should be commended for their efforts. These students are leading the way in reuse and recycling, and their recycled sculptures were a huge hit at this year’s North Coast National. Their ideas and use of materials was totally ingenious. The ‘Corn Cob of Corndale’ for instance was a massive corn cob made from soft drink cans painted yellow and old silage wrap. All the sculptures exceeded our expectations.”
Corndale Public School will use its $1500 winnings to purchase a chicken coop and chickens so they can provide eggs for baking days and the canteen.
Participating schools in 2016 were: Corndale Public School, St Carthages Primary School, Larnook Public School, Whian Whian Public School, Tuntable Falls Community School, Goolmangar Public School, Our Lady Help of Christians Primary School, Friends of St Vincents Early Learning Centre, Albert Park Public School, Caniaba Public School, Bexhill Public School and Wilsons Park Public School.
Lismore City Council will be running a similar program in 2017.