Lakelands Primary School set to receive thousands for recycling program

Lakelands Primary School will receive almost $12,000 to set up a waste wise outdoor classroom as part of the Waste Wise Schools program.

A total of 30 Western Australian schools have received more than $90,000 between them for projects that reduce the amount of waste disposed of to landfill.

Environment Minister Stephen Dawson today announced the grants to seven regional and 23 metropolitan Waste Wise schools accredited.

“Western Australian schoolchildren are setting a fantastic example through their culture of reduce, reuse, recycle,” Mr Dawson said.

“Students at Waste Wise Schools show an impressive commitment to changing their behaviour to avoid waste and minimise the amount that ends up in landfill.

“They then take this sustainable behaviour home and share it with their parents, siblings and friends.

“We all have a responsibility to do the right thing and adopt smarter waste management practices at home, at work and at school.”

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The money will be spent on a range of sustainable waste projects at schools - from kitchen gardens, worm farms, recycling bins and composters to garden tools and chickens.

Lakelands Primary School intend to set up a shed and mini greenhouse to facilitate composting and growing seedlings.

Last year, WA Waste Wise Schools recycled almost 200,000 kilograms of paper and diverted nearly 90,000 kilograms of fruit and vegetable scraps from landfill through worm farming and composting.

Accredited schools also recycle batteries, mobile phones, ink cartridges, coffee pods and toothbrushes.

Applications for the next Waste Wise Schools grants round will be open from December 7 to March 1, 2019.

For more information on the program or to become accredited, visit the Waste Authority website.