Reduce, reuse, recycle

Students at Trentham and District Primary School were delighted to receive their new large compost bin, a welcome addition to the kitchen garden. The bins, purchased as part of a Junior Landcare Powerful Youth Grant will be used to teach students how to recycle waste and reduce rubbish sent to landfill. Seen here are Neallah, Arrabella, Calista, and Xavier learning how to make good compost. Photo: Sandy Scheltema

Students at Trentham and District Primary School were delighted to receive their new large compost bin, a welcome addition to the kitchen garden. The bins, purchased as part of a Junior Landcare Powerful Youth Grant will be used to teach students how to recycle waste and reduce rubbish sent to landfill. Seen here are Neallah, Arrabella, Calista, and Xavier learning how to make good compost. Photo: Sandy Scheltema

Students at Trentham and District Primary School were delighted to receive their new large compost bin, a welcome addition to the kitchen garden.

The bins, purchased as part of a Junior Landcare Powerful Youth Grant, will be used to teach students how to recycle waste and reduce rubbish sent to landfill.

Waste from the students' lunches, kitchen scraps, cardboard, paper, grass clippings and weeds will all be added to the bins to create rich compost for the schools vegetable garden.

Instead of dumping food and garden waste, the students will learn how to quickly and efficiently turn it into compost for the kitchen garden.

Organic waste when sent to landfill ultimately leads to higher methane levels. Methane gas is a greenhouse gas which contributes to global warming.

By using an efficient compost bin the school will be contributing to reducing waste that goes to landfill.

The students will also learn about healthy soil and why it is so important in growing our food.

Good compost also has the added benefit encouraging worms in the soil, and reducing evaporation.

As part of the project a gardener from Garden Of St Erth will visit the school to explain how to create good compost and how it can help the environment by reducing waste.

Principal Liz Carmody said the compost bins were a great addition to the school garden.

"They will help teach the children about the importance of reducing our waste which goes to landfill," Ms Carmody said.

"We have a delightful kitchen garden and cooking program at the school and it's great to be able to recycle our waste more efficiently, turning it into good soil which then helps grow healthy vegetables and herbs."

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