Bin system teaches kids to be waste-wise

Jackson Lavell-LeeBusselton Dunsborough Times
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Dunsborough Primary year four students Chase Perry, Esther Momsen and Ella Harris display their new soft plastics bin
Camera IconDunsborough Primary year four students Chase Perry, Esther Momsen and Ella Harris display their new soft plastics bin Credit: Jackson Lavell-Lee/Jackson Lavell-Lee

Dunsborough Primary School has launched a waste station with three bins as part of its sustainability program.

The stations include a general waste green bin, a yellow-top recycling bin and a soft plastics red bin.

The “waste-wise” school teaches students to minimise waste going to landfill, focusing on students making decisions on what type of waste their rubbish is, raising awareness of students’ environmental impact.

The three waste stations across the school are labelled to educate students about which waste goes in which bin.

Digital technologies teacher and sustainability leader Helena Nicholson said most students’ lunches had a small general waste contingency but the rate of soft plastics was high, creating the need for the red bin. “Originally, we had a problem with contamination of recyclable materials, so this initiative is about helping kids actively consider what type of waste they have,” she said.

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