At Beaconsfield Upper Primary School, (BUPS), our waste management systems have evolved over the last five years, starting with the development of our vegetable garden with its composting system. Our Sustainable School’s Waste Module has been zipping along, with our students doing a great job of Reusing, Recycling, Reducing and Rethinking their use and disposal of waste in our school.
Our commitment to reducing our waste has seen the introduction of initiatives such as:
• Nude Food: This year we have finally gone totally “nude” with most students using reusable containers for food and weekly awards for classes that have zero rubbish. (Our Zero Heroes).This is published weekly in our newsletter, with the winning grade celebrating at the end of each term with a special treat. This has also resulted in our yard being almost rubbish free.
• Clean Up Australia Day activities.
• Classrooms, staffroom and administration areas each equipped with compost bins, co-mingled recycling bins and paper boxes for reuse.
• Four worm farms/ compost bin.
• Activities such as Mother’s and Father’s Day breakfast, students bring own plates and mugs.
• Toy Trading Tuesday –Part of the Rethinking stage is to educate our children (and ourselves) about the cost to our environment of our consumer lifestyles. We hope our ‘Toy Trading Tuesday’ will increase student’s awareness of other options for toys or games rather than discarding them for the “latest toy”.
• Monthly paper free days to assist in reducing our paper usage.
• Introduction of Green Purchasing where possible.
These initiatives have enabled BUPS to go from weekly pickup of landfill bins to fortnightly and in 2011, three weekly, saving our school much needed funds and educating our students and community about our environmental responsibilities.