As you will know doubt be aware, Central Otago District Council will be changing to fortnightly rubbish collection from 1 July 2014. Our school has been part of a ‘Gearing Up for Change’ initiative lead by Central Otago Enviroschools. As part of this initiative all classes have been looking at ways that we can reduce, reuse and recycle in order to minimise our school waste.
Food wrappers, yoghurt containers, and lunch scraps account for a large percentage of our school waste, and litter is still an issue in the playground.
Starting this term we have become a ‘Wrapper Free School’, in order to reduce some of our school waste and address the litter problem.
We are asking that you remove all wrappers from muesli bars etc, before it goes into your child’s lunchbox. Please use either reusable bags or containers for sandwiches, chips, popcorn and snack foods.
Did you know?
- More than 2.5 million tonnes of waste is being buried in our landfills each year.
- 3/4 of this could have been saved. This equates to 8kg of landfill per person each week that could have been reused, recycled, or composted.
- The useful lifespan of a plastic bag is only 10 minutes, yet it takes 1000 years to break down!