STUDENTS at four primary schools have taken their recently acquired knowledge of recycling home through the City of Bayswater’s waste education program, according to Mayor Barry McKenna.
The program has been rolled out to Noranda, Hampton Park, Embleton and Maylands primary schools.
Students take part in on-going workshops delivered by the City’s waste contractor, Cleanaway. The workshops aim to teach students about waste minimisation and management through implementing the reduce, reuse and recycle principles.
Cr McKenna said feedback from a parent questionnaire given to Hampton Park Primary School showed 98 per cent of parents stated their own knowledge of recycling increased as a result of their child’s participation in the program.
Cr McKenna said the City hoped to expand the program to more schools.
“The educational and interactive sessions include hands-on ‘sorting’ activities and ways to reuse items,” he said.
“Children were actually quite surprised when they realised how many everyday items end up in landfill. They were keen to address this by sharing what they learnt about effective recycling with their family members.”
Cr McKenna said educating children about sustainable practices will reduce contamination in the long term.
“The City incurs a cost to collect and process recyclable materials from people’s homes however if they are contaminated, the items end up in landfill anyway,” he said.