Department of Education

Sustainable Schools WA

Sustainable Schools WA

Amaroo Primary


Activity

As one of five primary schools in a town of just over 9,000 residents, Amaroo Primary recognised that there was not only a need for recycling facilities within the school, but for the local community as well. The school worked with local businesses to set up a recycling facility and an Environmental Action Program.

Crates are kept in classrooms and other areas in the school to collect recyclable materials such as paper, newspaper, plastics, steel, glass and liquid paperboard. Co-mingled recyclables are placed into two skip bins, which are located in an easily accessible position within the school grounds.

Local residents, businesses and community groups are invited (via newsletters and the local newspaper) to place their recyclables in the bins, which are in an accessible location on school grounds.

Aluminium can ring pulls are also collected for The Great Ring-Pull Competition. Classes compete to fill their recycled containers with the most aluminium ring pulls and students have taken their appeals to the local community, raising public awareness of this worthwhile scheme; the ring pulls are collected by Collie Rotary, for use in prosthetic limbs.
Curriculum Links: Values 4. Social and civic responsibility (4.1 -Participation and citizenship; 4.2 - Community; 4.4 - Contribution); Values 5. Environmental responsibility (5.3 - Sustainable development)

As a result of the school’s efforts, and community contributions, an estimated 18 tonnes of recyclables is diverted from landfill each year.
The Recycling Program, with Worsley Alumina’s “Ruggies Program”, has raised over $70,000 over the past two years for Princess Margaret Hospital and the Royal Flying Doctor Service.

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