Quintilian School students shocked by waste audit

Quintilian Year 3 students: Daren Cakar with Ella Baws (front) with Eva McDonald and Rhianna English (back)
Quintilian Year 3 students: Daren Cakar with Ella Baws (front) with Eva McDonald and Rhianna English (back)

QUINTILIAN School students found 18 pieces of untouched fruit in rubbish bins during a recent Waste Audit to determine who much waste was being created by the school community.

They also found cling wrap, sunglasses, socks, pens, pencils, wrapped sandwiches and whole hot-cross buns in bins.

The students sorted paper and plastic in to five bins each.

Sustainability co-ordinator and Year 3 teacher Jim O’Raw and gardener and education assistant Carolyn Lilley developed the waste event to make students aware of how much rubbish was created, particularly from single use plastics such as pre-packaged snacks.

“Unless the children know how much waste various items create, they won’t be armed with the knowledge of where, what and how to reduce it,” Mr O’Raw said.

“As a result of our Waste Audit and in order to enhance our children’s awareness of our environment and the need to care for it, the school will be introducing a Waste Free Tuesday, commencing next term.”