Local schools benefit from Schools Waste Education Fund

Three local primary schools are set to benefit as they become recipients of grants from the School Waste Education Fund, a joint program offered by Cleanaway, in collaboration with Burnie City Council.

Through the School Waste Education Fund, funding is provided for projects or initiatives that assist schools to implement resource recovery programs and improve waste management practices to encourage students to understand how waste is managed in their community.

Local primary schools were encouraged to submit applications and based on those applications grants have been awarded to Havenview Primary School, Montello Primary School and Leighland Christian School.

Burnie City Council Mayor Anita Dow said, “As a Council we are very passionate about encouraging our community to embrace improved waste management practices and to do what they can to minimize waste. We are excited to be able to join forces with Cleanaway on this program, which by aiming it at primary school children, starts the education process that much earlier.”

“If we can encourage students to implement sustainable waste management practices at school, then there is every likelihood that those practices are then carried over into their homes.”

“It is wonderful to see the diversity of projects that the schools have developed. Havenview Primary School will be undertaking a Chooks, Worms & Waste project, aimed at introducing chickens to assist with scrap management and also trialing a compost system to assist with the fertility of current garden beds. Montello Primary School will be undertaking a Greenhouse and Vertical Garden project, whereby they will construct a greenhouse from recycled 1.5litre and 2 litre PET cordial bottles inside a timber frame and also use these bottle to create a vertical garden. Leighland Christian School will be undertaking a Waste Not Want Not Project, aimed at developing a child friendly approach to recycling within the school, ensuring that all students are taught the importance of recycling.”

The grants will be awarded to the three primary schools at a presentation to be held at the Burnie Waste Management Centre on Friday 10 February at 1pm. Representatives from Burnie City Council, Cleanaway, Havenview Primary School, Montello Primary School and Leighland Christian School will be in attendance. The media are welcome to attend.

For further information please contact

Janine Phillips
Communications Officer
Burnie City Council
03 6430 5716 or 0448 568 728

Email: jphillips@burnie.net