In 2017 and 2018, we have been focussing on completing the Waste module, and have been working towards achieving our third star. Prior to completing the waste module the schools waste to landfill was on average 0.45M3 per student. However, through conducting a waste and litter audits of our school with our student environmental team we identified areas we could focus on to reduce our waste to landfill.
To reduce the amount of waste going to landfill at our school each classroom has a small landfill bin, recycling bin, soft plastic recycling bin and compost bin and clear signage to divert items from going to landfill. As well as printing double sided and shredding used paper for our compost we are looking into purchasing 100% recycled paper, toilet paper and tissues. We have also introduced a Nude Food Program to encourage students to minimise the amount of waste they are bringing to school on Tuesdays.
The programs that we have implemented at the school through completing the waste module appear to be making a difference on a whole school scale with a reduction in the schools waste to landfill since commencing the module.