Ocean Road Primary School’s Green Team roll up their sleeves

HELPING HAND: Ocean Road Primary School students Summa Leach, Sophia Dawe and Sienna Stubenrauch emptying the caddies into the compost as part of the school's Waste Wise Program. Photo: Supplied
HELPING HAND: Ocean Road Primary School students Summa Leach, Sophia Dawe and Sienna Stubenrauch emptying the caddies into the compost as part of the school's Waste Wise Program. Photo: Supplied

Ocean Road Primary School’s Waste Wise Program has been relaunched this term. 

Students across the school are learning how they can help reduce landfill through placing appropriate food scraps from recess, lunch and crunch and sip into our school compost.

This compost will be used to fertilise our school vegetable gardens, and the composting project has been funded by Waste Wise.

The school has implemented several innovative ideas in the hope it creates a waste wise environment for our students.

Each classroom from Year 2 through to Year 6 has a ‘Compost Caddy’ in their classroom for crunch and sip scraps, and there is a small green wheelie bin in each block eating area for recess and lunch food scraps.

The canteen has a designated wheelie bin for their food waste that is collected daily.

Remaining classrooms will have their composting equipment delivered in the coming weeks.

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The project is being spearheaded by Mrs Karen Leggett and her ‘Green Team’.

The Green Team is comprised of students from Year 3 to 6 who have demonstrated a passion for helping our school become more sustainable.

The Green Team are responsible for collecting food scraps, emptying these into the compost bins, rinsing and drying the caddies and bins and returning them to their designated area.

Year 5 student Kai Flynn said he was “excited” at the opportunity to be part of the Green Team, as it gave him an opportunity to help reduce landfill.

While Jasmine in Year 3 thinks it is a “great way she can help out our environment”.

Each Wednesday, the school holds a Waste Wise Zero Waste Lunch Day for students, where all packaging from each classroom’s packed lunches is collected in a class bucket and counted.

The purpose of the Zero Waste Lunch Day is to track how much packaging is currently being used and to discourage single use plastic.

“‘I feel very excited that the project has started in our school,” Mrs Leggett said.

“The enthusiasm shown by all students across the school, particularly the Green Team, has been inspiring. 

“We are extremely proud of our students for being so proactive in reducing their carbon footprint and helping with environmental sustainability.”

Ocean Road Primary School is committed to providing a clean and waste-conscious environment for its students.

Rebecca Beatty is from Ocean Road Primary School.