Students at Killara Primary School are the proud winners of a Buddy Bench from Replas and a tour of the Replas Environmental Centre as part of our Waste Challenge last term. Robyn Smith, Sustainability Coordinator at Killara Primary School shares their waste initiatives and top waste management tips for other schools.
1. What is a hard to recycle item that your school initially had trouble with, but you now collect and recycle effectively?
We had two items that our school initially had trouble recycling effectively. The first was ring pulls from aluminium cans and the second was bread tags. After collecting 5.4kgs of ring pulls and countless hours of research and phone calls we finally came across Gary from Keysborough Freemasons. He told us that the Freemasons were collecting the ring pulls, selling them to a recycling company and the funds were forwarded to different charities, and that he would be happy to take ours. The only problem was that they were in Keysborough and we were in Sunbury. No drama, he had a transport truck coming down to Sunbury from Warracknabeal with 50kgs of the ring pulls and he was happy for us to drop ours off as well, and he would pick them up (he actually has family/friends in Sunbury).
The bread tags were not quite as complicated. The students had collected 1.6kgs of them and with a little research we found a company in South Australia, called Oz Bread Tags for Wheelchairs, who were collecting the tags and melting them down to make wheelchairs. Luckily there is a local childcare centre in Sunbury who is a drop off point. They gladly took the tags and a new partnership was formed.