Warburton Primary School – Waste Case Study

(You can also download our case study and see the graphs we made!)

Waste Case Study
By Grade 4/5P
At Warburton Primary School we are committed to reducing our landfill and litter.
Here are some of the initiatives undertaken by our School community:
> We have taken away the outside bins and have adopted a “National Parks” policy of taking home our rubbish. This means we are helping the environment and we now have more time for play because there is no need for emu bobs on a daily basis like there used to be.
> In the classrooms we have replaced our large bins with small baskets and have increased the size of our recycled paper trays and food scraps tubs (for composting).
> Each fortnight the Green Team from grade 4/5/6 collect the whole school’s recycling and put 4 large recycling bins out on the kerb for collection and we are proud to announce that we have also halved the size of our skip!
> When the teachers have to photocopy they make sure to use both sides of the paper and scrap paper is reused in all classrooms for notes and drafts; “Reduce, Reuse and Recycle!!”
> Grades 3 to 6 have had Shannon Smyth from Envirocom out to our school for a number of talks and workshops on “The importance of reducing landfill”, “Weighing- in, categorising and recording the school’s waste” (before and after this year’s Rubbish-Free Lunch Day) and a clinic on setting up our “Composting and worm farming”. These have been valuable, practical workshops for our senior students and school leaders and students have written reports about their experiences working with Shannon and put them into the School newsletter to inform the community.
> In each classroom we have a food scraps tub with a little note from the wormies saying what food they don’t like to “eat” (meat or citrus). Every day the recycling monitors from each grade collect the scraps and empty them into the compost bin, housed near the animal enclosure. Some of the scraps go into the worm farm and the others, into the compost bin, which has to be turned on occasions. Eventually all our suitable food scraps are put onto our community garden as fertiliser and this helps the growth of our delicious chemical-free vegies, herbs and fruit that we use in our cooking program.
> We have been very pleased since taking part in the Rubbish-Free Lunch Days, as many families pack lunches and snacks in reusable containers which means, no wrappers or plastic cling wrap, to dispose of!
> We sent a report to the organisers of the Rubbish-Free Lunch Day(below).
On the 27th July Warburton Primary School took part in the Rubbish-Free Lunch Challenge. It all started with Grade 4/5P designing posters to display around the School and promoting the important Waste-Free Day. We created our own slogans for the day and wrote these on our posters; some of the slogans were:
“Pack it not Wrap it!”
“Smash the Trash!”
“Nude Food forever”
“Reduce Litter, Wildlife Think It’s Bitter”
“Waste Not Want Not”
“Waste — No Way!”
We also advertised the Rubbish-Free Lunch day in our newsletter for about six weeks. In Term 2 we asked Shannon from Envirocom to come to our school to talk about Rubbish. After the talk with the Grades 3 — 6, the grade 5s spent the morning with him weighing the whole school’s rubbish that was collected from the previous day. We used these incredible scales that Shannon said would cost him over $1000 to replace if they were broken.
We weren’t very proud of our School’s waste that day so we asked Shannon if he would come back and help us weigh our waste again after the Rubbish-Free Day. We were amazed by the reduction in the School’s waste collection after our Rubbish-Free day and Mrs. Postill said if we could do this for one day, we could do it for always!!! We were very proud of the small green garbage bag of rubbish that we were about to weigh. In fact we had so much time after sorting and weighing the small amount of rubbish that we took Shannon for a tour of the School’s Community Garden and the Running Track.
The Rubbish-Free Lunch Challenge turned out to be a day that everyone in Warburton Primary School participated in and helped the environment in a BIG way!
Our teacher thinks it is really important to do as much real-life maths as we can, so back in the classroom, after out visits with Shannon, we used the School’s Waste figures to put on a data base of our own. We all felt a bit like statisticians, interpreting and analysing all the information from Shannon’s workshop.
We used an Excel spreadsheet to record all the data that Shannon helped us collect, then we chose different types of graphs to represent and communicate our findings to the School community; these were put on display in the classroom and the newsletter.
We asked Tom (our maths coach) to come into our grade 4/5P to do a clinic on Visual Representation.
We learnt a lot not only about graphing and data but also how our waste is made up and what areas need to be reduced and why.
The graphs we decided to publish in the newsletter were:
*Nik’s Pie Graph on “Daily Rubbish at Warburton Primary School”
*Bianca’s Column Graph on “Rubbish at Warburton Primary School; Before the Rubbish-free lunch day and On the Rubbish-free lunch day”
*Matthew’s Pie Graph about “The Composition of Recycling at Warburton Primary School”
We were all surprised at the results and could quickly see how important and successful the
Rubbish-Free Lunch Day was at Warburton Primary School.
By Warburton Primary School|2017-11-06T17:56:33+10:00May 2nd, 2013|0 Comments