Became a Waste Wise school in 2007, and over the past four years has developed a strong whole school approach to reducing waste. All school staff support the Waste Wise program and collection bins for recyclables and food scraps are easily accessible in all of the classrooms.

Frankland River Primary is one of the success stories in the Waste Wise Schools program. "Waste Wise is integrated across many learning areas, and students use their mathematical and design skills to create gardens beds for growing fresh vegetables for the school" Peter Clarke, Waste Wise teacher.

A Waste Wise school in 2007, over the past four years they've developed a strong whole school approach to reducing waste. All school staff support the program and collection bins for recyclables and food scraps are easily accessible in all of the classrooms.

Teacher Peter Clark describes how "Waste Wise is integrated across many learning areas, and students use their mathematical and design skills to create gardens beds for growing fresh vegetables for the school." All classes have been involved in developing the garden beds that were funded by the $5000 Whole school and community grant.

The school composts green waste and uses it on the garden beds. Food scraps are used in the worm farms or fed to the chickens. Paper is shredded and added to the garden beds or fed to the worms. The children collect aluminium cans, batteries and ink cartridges for recycling.
 

The $10,000 Waste and sustainability grant will help the school set up a recycling collection shed for aluminium cans, which will then be taken to Albany to be recycled. The aim of the project is to extend the schools' recycling projects and become a collection point for the Frankland River community. The shelter will enable the school to store cans, crushers and other equipment in a protected space. This space will also be used as an outdoor classroom, and an extended gardening area where students can grow plants from seed.

At Frankland River Primary school children adopt a sense of ownership and caring for the environment, which empowers them to encourage their peers, family and friends to reduce, reuse and recycle.

Peter Clarke-Waste Wise teacher
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