Region’s littlest recyclers recognised for enormous efforts

16 June 2017

Little recyclers
Division 11 Cr Darren Grimwade with Lead Childcare staff Emma and Rebecca and children Amity, Ariella and Eloise

Moreton Bay regional Council has praised some of its youngest residents for doing their bit to reduce, reuse and recycle, at its annual Early Learning Centre Recycling Awards on Thursday, 8 June.

Nine Early Learning Centres (ELCs) from across the region were recognised for their stand-out efforts, which helped prevent almost six tonnes of general waste from reaching the region’s landfill last year through initiatives such as recycling, re-using items for arts and crafts, and processing organic waste on site with composting or worm farms.

Council’s Waste Spokesperson, Cr Peter Flannery, said it was fantastic to see children as young as three and four-years-old embracing recycling and doing their bit to help preserve the wonderful environment of Moreton Bay.

“Through Council’s ‘Community Waste Minimisation Program’, we’re working to change the way our youngest residents think about rubbish and to help them implement simple ways to recycle, re-use and reduce waste both at school and at home,” Cr Flannery said.

“Council currently provides waste education support for 121 ELCs across the region, and since the program began we’ve seen an incredible 33% reduction in the amount of waste leaving ELCs and ending up in landfill - with an increase of 34% being recycled and 6% of the centre’s food and garden organic waste being composted onsite.

“Council works closely with ELCs through free workshops and in-class presentations to help educate our local kids about the environment and simple ways to recycle, re-use and reduce their waste, such as composting and worm farming.

“The program provides our littlest residents with a hands-on experience, and an opportunity to learn about the importance of waste reduction and recycling in a fun and interactive way.

“We find many kids also go home and share what they’ve learnt with their family, which has a positive flow-on effect to recycling and waste minimisation at home.” 

Cr Flannery said the nine ELCs recognised at council’s annual ELC Recycling Awards had been particularly impressive in the past year, with the majority reporting a huge reduction in the amount of general waste being sent to landfill.

“St Paul’s Lutheran Kindergarten in Caboolture reduced the amount of waste they were sending to landfill by an incredible 62%, by diverting 45% to be recycled and processing 4% of their food scraps on site through composting and worm farming,” Cr Flannery said.

“While, Inspiring Minds Child Care and Kindergarten in Burpengary reduced their waste to landfill by 48% and Bray Park Child Care Centre was able to maintain their waste levels despite a 15-20% increase in attendance. 

“Each of these nine ELCs have implemented recycling programs, such as using colour coded bins to boost recycling efforts, and have been processing their organic waste on site through composting or worm farming. 

“Some centres even provide local collection opportunities for their families to recycle printer cartridges and other household waste items that can go on to be recycled or used by the kids to create some brilliant and unique artworks. 

“It’s just fantastic to see our littlest residents being inspired to recycle from such a young age. 

“Through our ongoing partnership with Early Learning Centres, schools, businesses and community groups, we hope to make a positive difference in protecting our local environment for our next generations.” 

Early Learning Centres recognised at the 2017 Early Learning Centre Recycling Awards include:  

  • Bray Park Child Care Centre - Maintained waste levels despite 15-20% increase in attendance, and diverted 4% of waste to recycling and 6% to composting and worm farms.
  • Inspiring Minds Child Care and Kindergarten, Burpengary - Reduced general waste to landfill by 48%, and diverted 14% to recycling and 3% to composting and worm farms.
  • Creative Kids Early Childhood Centre, Clontarf - Reduced general waste to landfill by 17% and diverted 25% to recycling and 12% to composting and worm farms.
  • C&K Burpengary - Reduced general waste to landfill by 22%, and diverted 56% to recycling and 20% to composting and worm farms.
  • Grace Creche & Kindergarten, Redcliffe - Reduced general waste to landfill by an impressive 54%, and diverted 45% to recycling and 4% to composting and worm farms.
  • Kidz Rock Educational Centre, Morayfield - Reduced total waste to landfill by 32%, and diverted 37% to recycling and 3% to composting and worm farms.
  • Sesame Lane, North Lakes - Reduced total waste to landfill by 25%, and diverted 37% to recycling and 3% to composting and worm farms.
  • St Paul’s Lutheran Kindergarten, Caboolture - Reduced total waste to landfill by an incredible 62%, and diverted 45% to recycling and 4% to composting and worm farms.
  • Lead Childcare, Dayboro - Reduced total waste to landfill by 4%, and diverted 29% to recycling and 3% to composting and worm farms.

Moreton Bay Regional Council’s ‘‘Community Waste Minimisation Program’ was recognised state-wide in 2016, taking out the ‘Community Award’ at the Premier’s Sustainability Awards.

 

 

Little recyclers worms 
Division 12 Cr Adrian Raedel with Kidz Rock Educational Centre staff Fiona and Danielle and children Cleo and Milla.

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