War on school waste for these Carlton South Public School green thumbs

Say no to plastics: Samuel, Evelina, Oliver and Rachel, pictured with environmental committee coordinator and teacher, Emily Carton. John Veage
Say no to plastics: Samuel, Evelina, Oliver and Rachel, pictured with environmental committee coordinator and teacher, Emily Carton. John Veage

Carlton South Public School is going to war.

Armed with tubs full of plastics ready to be recycled, pupils are binning non-environmentally friendly items in favour of all things that are reusable.

The school’s environment committee, steered by teacher Emily Carton, has been motivated to address the nation’s ‘war on waste’.

Ms Carton runs the school’s gardening club, which aims to educate children about how they can incorporate sustainable practices into their every day routines.

The committee created ‘nude food day’ – where kids bring lunches without any plastic packaging.

They also recently launched the Return and Earn scheme, which encourages children to return their bottles for a 10 cent refund – and all money goes directly back into the school.

Their next project is to inspire the canteen to ban plastic straws, and they will also carry out a waste audit to find out how much rubbish the school produces.

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