A group of pupils were joined by Rachelle Broere from Wastenet Southland to conduct a waste audit. Our volunteers were either members of the school council or students involved in the Duke of Edinburgh Scheme, who recycle paper through the Pakeke Lions.
The students began by emptying out a day’s worth of refuse and then sorting it into paper, other recyclables, non-biodegradable waste and finally food waste. The group sorted through about 42kg of waste in total. The amount of tallied waste will be sent on to the Gore District Council, who is considering the College’s submission for kerb side recycling at St Peter’s.
Half of the waste, which is generated at school could be recycled. It works that each student throws away roughly 20kg of rubbish a year.
If you are interested in supporting the College’s endeavours to promote sustainable practices, you could consider not using plastic wrap in lunches and perhaps buy goods that have less packaging. More information on this can be found at http://www.wes.org.nz/files/waste%20free%20lunches.pdf