Recycling Begins At an Early Age


art rubbish 420x0 300x177 Recycling Begins At an Early AgeRecycling is something that, if taught early will become a lifelong passion for the environment. Educating children on the benefits of recycling can start with a school composting program, which not only teaches the children how to reduce waste it is a hands on demonstration of biology in action, demonstrating material decomposition.

Although starting a composting program in your home does not entail any support other than your own, setting up a school composting program requires the support of the school administration, teachers, parents and the students themselves. The following is a list of a few steps that may need to be taken so that waste management benefits are instilled in people from a very early age.

Secure top level support

The school administrators have to be convinced that a program to recycle in Brisbane schools is a positive experience. Prepare a plan which will convince the administrators of all the benefits there will be to the school. The benefits of recycling are many but an effective argument includes cost saving, production of fertilizer for the school grounds, learning experiences for the children and putting the school out front as a leader in sustainability.

Rally support for the cause

A leader knows the importance of championing the project. Form a “green team”, invite people from all groups that will be involved when the project pushes through; the administration, kitchen staff, maintenance people, students, teachers and parents. Ask for ideas and input which can support the need to recycle in Brisbane.

Establish an infrastructure

Composting kitchen scraps can accept vegetable and fruit waste but not meats or dairy products. Set up collection containers close to the source, the kitchen, playground, cafeteria and teachers lounge. Get in touch with the local company that does the garbage collection and see if they can provide bins for free or at a discount. Label the bins so that materials which are not suitable for composting are disposed of properly.

Plan for the collection

The collection of the material destined for composting must be planned out. The two suitable candidates are the students themselves or the school custodial staff. Collection should be a daily routine so if it’s to be the custodians seek their active and enthusiastic participation, if it’s to be the students they have to have time set aside for this chore.

Plan for the composting site

Determine where the composting bin will be set up. So as to really show the students the benefits of waste management, it ideally should be on school grounds. A composting bin will have to be procured, either purchased or made by the students. The students will be responsible for turning and watering the compost pile once the collection has been done. There are two basic forms of composting, determine whether it will be yard trimmings and food scraps together or only food scraps composted by using worms, or both.

Once the system has been set up and the program management is in place, the program is to be promoted. Get all the children involved, not just those in the program and let the residents know that an active recycle in Brisbane program is working and start letting others know what you are accomplishing over and above teaching responsible waste management benefits to young people.


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