Thursday, 26 May 2016
PERTH: Recycling among Perth College students has gained traction in the last 12 months, not least because of their adoption of a Mil-tek waste handling solution.
Students from Perth College with Mil-tek Waste Solutions’ Daragh Maher. Picture: Andrew Ritchie
RECYCLING among Perth College students has gained traction in the last 12 months.
In July 2015, the Junior School implemented Waste Free Wednesday, initiated by a group of Year 6 girls who had collected so much rubbish from the grounds in just one day that it measured 22m when laid out.
Their idea was that students would bring lunch to school each Wednesday in re-useable containers, avoiding plastic and foil packets, wraps or bags and is now a regular part of the school calendar after a successful trial.
In April, four Year 4 students took the idea even further and wrote to the Head of Junior School asking for recycling bins to be installed in the playgrounds.
The college contacted recycling experts Mil-tek in order introduce a total waste solution. After some consultation, Mil-tek's recommendation involved two waste recycling machines as well as supplying bins. Four bins coloured red, yellow, green and blue (one for each House) were supplied for for the Years 5 and 6, and another four bins for the playground used by the girls from Kindegarten to Year 4. Mil-tek also supplied a 205TS Baler to bale cardboard and paper, and an XP200S Waste Compactor to compact all the general/ non recyclable waste.
The bins are collected by the school maintenance team each fortnight and the contents crushed and weighed.
The House with the most recycling each fortnight will receive 10 points for their House.
A version of this article was originally published in the Guardian Express, by Julian Wright
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