Representing MWPS at the Mildura Litter Forum
At the Mildura Litter Forum I presented the following:
I am going to share information about our Recycling Systems at Mildura West Primary School. We are always trying to reduce our litter and recycle as much as possible.
We have several bins in our Classrooms. We have a Classroom Waste Management Poster to explain how our bin system works.
The Red Rubbish Bin – We use the Red Rubbish bin for used tissues, soft plastic, foil, muesli bar wrappers and chip packets. After lunch our cleaner goes around to every classroom and empties the Red Rubbish bin into a 120L Rubbish Bin that goes to the landfill.
The Green Commingled Recycling Bin– We use the Commingled Recycling Bin for fruit boxes, hard plastic, tins and yoghurt tubs. Classroom Monitors empty this into the 240L Recycling Bins in the school ground.
Scrap Paper Box – The Scrap Paper box is used for paper that has only been used on one side and can be reused. Children and Teachers usually put pieces of paper that they have either cut out something small out of the paper or just drawn on one side and don’t want it anymore. Sometimes Teachers put old worksheets in there for drawing paper for the children.
Recycling Box – The Recycling Box is used for Cardboard, Newspaper and Paper. The paper has to be flat not scrunched. The classroom monitor empties this box once a week into the Cardboard Skip which I will explain..
That is the Indoor Waste Management System
Now I will explain the Outdoor Waste Management System.
The Yellow Bucket is used for Food Scraps for the Worms. These are put out by 2M every day into the eating areas, then collected after lunch and the worm farm monitors tip the buckets into the Worm Farm and need to check for any contamination.
We have 14 sets of outdoor bins that are set up in pairs. One 120Litre for rubbish and one 240Litre bin for Commingled Recycling.
We have 1 cubic metre skip at the back of the school for cardboard, paper, newspaper, magazines and catalogues. To save space we need to collapse the boxes so that they are folded.
Milk Bottles to Furniture Project.
We save all of our Milk bottles so that we can continue making furniture to put in our outdoor areas. We have an outdoor classroom with 8 table settings and need two more so there is enough room for a whole class. It takes 125kg of plastic to make a table setting. There are 22L of empty milk bottles in 1kg of plastic. To do this we need to save 2750L for a table. Then we have to have fund raisers to save up the money for the construction costs about $800.000 per table.
Our project for 2012 is to raise enough money to make 10 table settings for the year 1 and 2 eating area.
Every Year as part of our community projects we put 2 seats at either Rio Vista Park or Johnsons Bend for people to relax and enjoy the views of the river. We have been doing this since 2005.
Our School tries to do as much as we can to minimise our waste.
The Mildura Litter Forum Program…
Time: 10am – 2pm
Location: SeminarRoom- National Centre for Sustainability – SuniTAFE Mildura Campus-
Benetook Avenue, Mildura.
Welcome to the forum- Litter management at MWPS