School waste audit fires recycling drive
A waste audit at Eaton Community College carried out on Tuesday had students and staff sifting through almost 250kg of rubbish.
The audit was carried out as part of the Waste Wise Schools Program in an effort to identify and manage the school’s main areas of waste production.
“It’s been awesome to see the kids get involved,” science teacher Linda Cotterell said.
“Some were dragging their feet but most are now totally on-board.
“They’ve had the ‘ew’ factor, but when they’ve worked out how many pieces of plastic they produce in a day, they’ve openly said how they’re not going to bring stuff in plastic any more.”
Four classes of Year 7 and Year 9 students collected and sorted through 2818 pieces of rubbish from 11.30am which equated to 243kg of waste, 202kg of which was recyclable.
Year 9 student Madison Schultz said the work was hot and hard, but it felt good to do something for a good cause.
“We’re helping the environment and know we’re doing something good so we’re enjoying it,” Madison said.
“The amount of rubbish there is just crazy!”
With the audit complete, the school became eligible for a Waste Wise Schools grant to be spent on plastic recycling bins, a bin lift, worm farms and composting bins.
Get the latest news from thewest.com.au in your inbox.
Sign up for our emails