PEARSALL Primary School diverted more than 1400 food pouches and snack wrappers during a recycling competition.
The school won a recycled garden bed for their community garden through the Little Gardener Competition, run by organic snack company Whole Kids and global recyclers TerraCycle.
The project aimed to raise awareness about waste and recycling, inviting schools to send the packaging to TerraCycle – who then converted it into durable products including outdoor furniture, garden beds and playgrounds.
Each shipment of waste earned schools one entry into a draw to win the recycled garden bed, and for each approved pouch or wrapper received, collectors earned one cent for their school or nominated charity.
Pearsall teacher Stephanie Benjamin said the recycled garden bed suited the school’s approach to sustainability, which also included composting, worm farms and rain water use.
“We aim to give all our students access to the ever-growing sustainability garden we have here,” she said.
“This recycled garden bed will allow more classes to continue learning about the environment and how to grow and tend to crops.
“We’ll also use those crops in our classroom cooking to promote healthy eating.”