Printed on 13 November 2023
Mayor Tom Tate has marked Nationwide Recycling Week by assembly with a number of the Gold Coast’s reusing specialists – the EcoMarines from Benowa State Faculty.
In addition to exhibiting the Mayor their distinctive undertaking which reuses chip packets they gave him some high ideas for recycling.
“Nationwide Recycling Week is an efficient reminder that we are able to all do our bit to cut back waste, reuse gadgets and recycle as a way to scale back landfill and look after the atmosphere,” Mayor Tate mentioned.
“In the case of waste a very powerful factor you possibly can know is what can and might’t go in our yellow lid recycling bin.
“Bear in mind the highest 5 issues you possibly can recycle are glass, paper, cardboard, aluminium, and arduous plastic. You’ll be stunned at what you possibly can recycle – that features empty deodorant cans and pizza bins.
“Batteries can’t go within the recycling, inexperienced organics or normal waste bin. They’re harmful for each folks and machines. Discover your nearest battery disposal location by visiting bcycle.com.au.”
Nationwide Recycling Week runs from right now till November 19.
The EcoMarines have been accumulating chip packets which will likely be was blankets and are distributed by the Gold Coast Youth Service.
As soon as collected, college students from the close by Benowa State Excessive Faculty make sure that the chip packets are washed, the seals eliminated and lower open. They’re then fused along with an iron earlier than bread luggage are ironed on for an additional layer of safety.
The sheets are then given out as waterproof sleeping bag covers or floor sheets to assist preserve these residing tough heat and dry.
Benowa State Faculty instructor Monique Richardson, who’s overseeing the Inexperienced Thumbs Clear Lands Venture, mentioned: “At Benowa we’re very proud to be part of the chip packet undertaking which not solely diverts waste from landfill however most significantly responds to an important want in our group.
“At Benowa State Faculty it’s our aim to grow to be a zero-waste faculty by the tip of 2026. Via our Inexperienced Thumbs and Clear Lands undertaking which is a sustainable waste administration and edible backyard initiative. Our purpose is to coach and interact our college students within the significance of recycling and environmental conservation efforts whereas fostering a way of duty and stewardship in direction of our planet.
“We’re additionally very happy with our composting system which is diverting over 2000 kg per yr of meals waste from land fill which in flip reduces greenhouse gases. However in fact, it is usually price noting that the discount of greenhouse fuel emissions is simply one of many environmental advantages of composting. Compost additionally improves soil well being of our meals forest, which reduces the necessity for chemical fertilisers, and helps sequester carbon within the soil. We’re additionally harvesting over 16000 litres of rainwater for OUR Meals Forest.
“Our faculty and the Eco Marines are dedicated to changing into extra environmentally aware and lowering our carbon footprint. Collectively we’re working in direction of a greener, sustainable future.”
For extra data on what might be recycled on the Gold Coast obtain the Metropolis app or go to cityofgoldcoast.com.au/recycling