Rubbish or gold?

IMG_1852Cha-Ching! People could have money in their pockets and a clean planet if they recycled. While 5P was down at Lake Ranfurly they found heaps of rubbish that could have been recycled from old jewellery boxes to car filters they found everything. Not only is recycling helping but dumping rubbish at the lake could cost you more than room in the bin. Beer caps and cans where a common sight at the lake which was really bad considering that someone or something could get seriously hurt or injured. Smashed beer bottles also pose a threat to people and animals because of how sharp they are and hard to spot because glass is mostly transparent.


Mildura Landfill

When we went to the Landfill with my school Mildura West, they put the rubbish in the rubish pile and the recycling in the recycling pile. Then when they finished they squished it into a square shape like a cube.


Paper shredding

They had a big machine to shred paper at the Mildura Landfill. Then they can make the shredded paper into other things.


Recycled paper

Last week the class went to Aroundagain I found it interesting about how they recycled paper into cardboard boxes!



The paper cutting is awesome and they collect old school books and paper. Then when they cut up the paper the put it in to a cube and then take it away. They recycle batteries, paper, bikes, toilets, paint, lights and more. I did not know that mattresses are unstable and can move the ground. Recycling is awesome!DSC04357



Going to the Aroundagain was great. We got to see how a lot of things get recycled. I liked the big mattresses stacked like a mountain, I wanted to climb it.  There was a dangerous sort of powder that could make you really sick if a fluoro tube broke. It was all very interesting!


Mildura LandFill / Aroundagain

I loved the exercise how we saw the money wheel. People can re-use it.

It was cool. 🙂

I also liked how that you can’t put mattresses in the landfill. They are taken away so that all the parts can be re-used for different things. Inside fluorescent lights there is bad powder that makes you have cancer. (Any cancer). If you break a fluoro tube be very careful and always put it in a rubbish bin.


Aroundagain and Mildura Landfill Excursion

Going to Aroundagain and Mildura Landfill was a great experience.

I found it interesting learning about what to recycle and not. At the Mildura Landfill I loved the mattress hill I just wanted to jump on it!! I loved seeing all of the cool and beautiful stuff at Aroundagain. I was really amazed about the facts. I wish I could go on that excursion again.


Community kerbside recycling

Every fortnight in Mildura we put out our recycling bins. You can put in glass bottles,plastic containers, cans, paper, cardboard and cartons. You could talk with people and see what else you can add to recycle.


Mildura Landfill and Aroundagain

So much to see and so many things we can recycleDSC04343 DSC04344 DSC04345 DSC04346!


Recycled Milk Bottle Christmas Tree


???????????????????????????????Thank you to every family that decorated a milk bottle as part of National Recycling Week. There are some amazing milk bottles that have been transformed into many different things.

The Information Centre, 12th St has its usual ChristmasTree display. This year the theme is ‘RECYCLING’. Our Mildura West Christmas Tree is a unique and original design and is on display at the Information Centre, 12th St.  It is certainly well worth a visit to have a look and take a photo! Thank you to Robinson’s Plumbing for donating the pipe so we could make the tree.

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Milk bottles to furniture!

Saving milk bottles from our school community is on again. The furniture at the front of the school is made from the recycled milk bottles we collect. This year we will add to our seating with your help.

We need 125kg of plastic for one picnic table and there are 22 litres of plastic in 1kg. We supply the plastic and Integrated Recycling Mildura  construct the tables. We save up for the cost of construction [$700.00] by recycling mobile phones!

Save the milk bottles and turn them into outdoor furniture.

Save the milk bottles and turn them into outdoor furniture.


Milk Bottles can become furniture!

Whoever would think that milk bottles can be made into furniture! That is what we do at our school. We have lots of picnic tables for our lunch eating areas. People bring milk bottles for recycling!


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Worm Farm recycles food scraps

At Mildura West, we are concerned about our environment, and one of the things we do to show this, is with a big worm farm that composts food scraps from children’s and the staff’s lunches, and also from our canteen.

 The worm farm has been at our school for 3 years, and three Year 5/6 students look after it, under the direction of one of our teachers (Miss Hudswell).   Brock, Will and I looked after the worm farm last year, and again this year. Later this year we will have apprentices to train up so they can look after it in 2013.

 Our Worm Farm measures about 2 metres x 1 metre, and is 3/4 m high.  A tarpaulin covers the top as worms do not like the light.  Drainage holes in the bottom allow the excess liquid to be collected in a tank.  Worm farms need to be in the shade, as worms do not like to get too hot.

 Our job is to collect the food scraps every Tuesday and Friday, and put them in the worm farm.  On Tuesdays, we add lime and shredded paper (from the office). Also on Tuesdays and Fridays we turn on the sprinkler system, and remember to turn it off when school finishes.  Worms do not like to be too dry, or too wet.

 Worms like most food scraps, but do not like too much citrus, meat or onions.  Worms do not like acid conditions, so that is why we add lime. The lime also stops the food scraps from smelling so flies are not attracted to it.

 During the holidays, Miss Hudswell looks after the worm farm.  Our school has become a better place because of the worm farm.  All students learn to recycle all their food waste by putting it in special yellow buckets, so they are learning about recycling, and not to litter.


Mobile Muster 2010

Start collecting all used phones, batteries, handsets and accessories for the 2010 MobileMuster program. We are going to particpate for Terms 2, 3 and 4.

Over 90% of the materials in mobile phones can be recovered and used as raw materials for new products.  What do you think happens to recycled mobiles? What new products can be made from mobile phones?

Here are some examples:

  • Batteries include nickel to make stainless steel and cobalt and cadmium to make new batteries.
  • Circuit boards include small amounts of gold and silver that is used in jewellery and other applications.
  • Handset housings and casings include plastics that are shredded and used to make fence posts and pallets.
  • Accessories and chargers include plastics and metals that are shredded, sorted and then used to make new plastic or metal products.

The Mobile Muster is a recycling program that is held to PREVENT a harmful affect on the environment: 

  • Using a handset is harmless until it is thrown into the landfill
  • Handsets and batteries in landfill may leach heavy metals into the soil and groundwater.
  • A nickel cadmium rechargeable battery in a mobile phone is particularly hazardous because of the high toxicity of cadmium.
  • Mobile phones are not biodegradable.

SO HELP US TO RECYCLE, send your mobile phones, batteries, handsets and accessories to MWPS.

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