Perth College recycling program going from strength to strength


Britney Jalagge, Stella Freeman, Emma Strong and Emily Slater from Perth College with Mil-Tek Waste Solutions’ Daragh Maher. Picture: Andrew Ritchie d453985
Britney Jalagge, Stella Freeman, Emma Strong and Emily Slater from Perth College with Mil-Tek Waste Solutions’ Daragh Maher. Picture: Andrew Ritchie d453985

RECYCLING among Perth College students has gained traction in the last 12 months.

In July 2015, the Junior School implemented Waste Free Wednesday, initiated by a group of Year 6 girls who had collected so much rubbish from the grounds in just one day that it measured 22m when laid out.

Their idea was that students would bring lunch to school each Wednesday in re-useable containers, avoiding plastic and foil packets, wraps or bags and is now a regular part of the school calendar after a successful trial.

In April, four Year 4 students took the idea even further and wrote to the Head of Junior School asking for recycling bins to be installed in the playgrounds.

Their request came to fruition with recycling company Mil-Tek supplying the school with four bins coloured red, yellow, green and blue (one for each House) for the Years 5 to 6 area and another four bins for the playground used by the girls from Kindy to Year 4.

The bins will be collected by the school maintenance team each fortnight and the contents crushed and weighed.

The House with the most recycling each fortnight will receive 10 points for their House.