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Schools and community education

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Schools and community education

We love to teach the upcoming generation the three Rs: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle.

Council invites primary school classes to visit Council Chambers and learn about local government, Council's services and its role in the community, and the best ways to reach a state of Zero Waste. For more information or bookings, please contact comengage2@marrickville.nsw.gov.au.

We also visit schools to run waste audits. These are targeted at primary schools, but can form a component of peer support for older children. In this way, high school children can assist in teaching their younger peers about waste management. Waste audits meet some of the key components of the curriculum in geography, maths, technology, science, and human society and environment.

Please contact weo@marrickville.nsw.gov.au if you would like to make a booking for a waste audit.

Rethink Waste schools competition

Rethink WasteMarrickville Council hosted a Rethink Waste competition for primary schools and their students in the local area in May–June 2015.

There were three categories for different age groups:

  • Kindergarten–Year 2: Drawing competition: What goes in a recycling bin and what doesn't?
  • Year 3–4: Drawing or writing competition: How could you reduce what goes in your red (garbage) bin? (maximum 150 words)
  • Year 5–6: Drawing or writing competition: Avoid, Reduce, Reuse and Recycle. How could you Rethink your waste and send less to landfill? (maximum 150 words)

Prizes were awarded for the best two entries in each category, and the school that submitted the most entries received a $500 voucher to any sustainable school project (such as plants, water tanks or compost systems).

Winning entries

Kindergarden–Year 2: What goes in a recycling bin and what doesn't?

Carlo T., 2T, Wilkins Public School

Carlo T., 2T, Wilkins Public School

Mirabel S., 2/IS, Wilkins Public School

Mirabel S., 2/IS, Wilkins Public School

Year 3–4: How could you reduce what goes in your red (garbage) bin?

Josephine Browne, 4B, Petersham Public School

Too much waste is bad for the eco system. How can we reduce the amount in our red bin? Here are some ideas:

  • Get worm farms
  • Help our parents shop
  • Pack lunch we know we will eat
  • Reuse plastic
  • Have class compost bins

At school we chose three bins from the playground and tipped all the rubbish out. It was horrible to see how much waste was in the bins. There were fruits that were still perfectly good to eat. That's like putting $20 on the ground!

Your mum or dad could be spending on more important things and it wasn't just fruit that we found. There was paper, cardboard, and we even found a spoon. This is disgraceful.

People need to think about what they are doing not just at school but in the whole of Sydney. All the rubbish goes to landfill were there are no plants, trees or animals. I strongly agree that there is too much waste in our red bins, and that we should do something about it. Remember, if you don't like your food tell your mum or dad and don't throw food in the bin. Help the environment.

Thomas Duong, 4B, Petersham Public School

I think we should definitely stop putting recyclables in a red bin. We should put a recycling bin next to a garbage bin to sort our waste. I strongly agree that we should stop littering and putting perfectly good fruit in the bin because it is a waste of money. Instead of putting. it in the bin you could tell your parents that you don't like it, or you could eat it and get chickens or a worm farm and give it to them.

Don't litter because it can harm the wildlife. Put it in the bin or sort it into sections in your lunch box to throw away in the correct bins when you get home.

We have our evidence which we can show you on how much perfectly good food was in the bin. Examples included: apples, mandarins, bananas, grapes, sandwiches, and many more. My bin had 151 pieces of paper and 110 pieces of food scraps.

We should definitely stop littering and stop putting perfectly good food in the bin. Will you help us stop littering? Will you stop throwing food away? Act now.

Year 5–6: Avoid, Reduce, Reuse and Recycle. How could you rethink your waste and send less to landfill?

Abel, 5/6H, Dulwich Hill Primary School

I believe that we all could rethink our waste and what we send to landfill. I will explain some of the ways we can reduce our waste now.

Firstly, don't throw paper and plastic to the garbage bin, just reuse them. If you throw it in the garbage it will go to the landfill and it takes ages to biodegrade. You could reuse them by washing them and put you sandwich in it and for creative arts to name a few.

Secondly, when your clothes and pants are too small for you don't throw them away, give it to CHARITY and they shall give them to homeless people and that will help them more and is better for the environment than throwing it in the garbage.

Lastly, food that is wasted and thrown away is called food scraps. It is biodegradable but it's better to throw it to your compost bin if you don't have one make one, it's better.

In conclusion, I believe that how could we rethink your waste and send to landfill and this shall help our home planet and also our community.

Gabrielle Waterson, 5/6H, Dulwich Hill Primary School

What would happen if there was no waste in the world? Well that's the ideal but if we want to make this work, where there is no waste in the world, we need to think of some practical ideas...

Firstly, if the world decided to save food the waste in the world will decrease and the world will become a healthier and happier place. In the Netherlands people don't charge you about the food you buy but about the weight. If we did this, people will be more careful about what they buy and throw away.

Secondly, if the world decided that all plastic bags will be replaced with reusable bags the world would be a better place. Approximately 7,150 plastic bags are put into landfill every minute! This just shows that if we decided to reduce plastic bags waste will decrease until their will be hardly any waste left.

Therefore if we reduce land waste in future we will live undisturbed.