Ocean Road reducing plastic usage through canteen initiative

Green team: Ocean Road Primary School has embraced an environmentally friendly canteen initiative. Photo: Supplied.
Green team: Ocean Road Primary School has embraced an environmentally friendly canteen initiative. Photo: Supplied.

Surf Snacks Canteen at Ocean Road Primary School has launched a Zero Waste campaign this month.

As a result, the canteen has significantly reduced the number of menu items they are serving with single-use plastics.

This project was supported by the Waste Wise Schools Program and the funding was used to purchase a dishwasher and quality plastic reusable containers, cups and cutlery.

Representatives from the school's environmental Green Team have visited classrooms to explain the importance of reducing single-use plastics and explain the procedure students will need to follow to ensure canteen containers are returned.

A number of Green Team students are involved in collecting the containers and returning them to the canteen.

Ocean Road Waste Wise coordinator Karen Leggett said the initiative was important for the environment and students' education.

"This is the next step for our students to work together and learn about reducing the use of single use plastics," she said.

"This initiative complements the whole school compost program and weekly Zero Waste Wednesday lunches held at the school."

Canteen manager Jodie Richards said the Zero Waste canteen campaign was making a difference.

"It is a way we can do our part to save the oceans and sea creatures," she said.

"Educating the children about how we can help our environment by eliminating single-use packaging and reducing our impact on landfill is a valuable life lesson."