Schools thinking green

LOCAL schools, supported by Council, are joining the charge to keep plastic bags out of landfills.

Students from primary schools across the Alpine Shire learned the importance of recycling soft and flexible plastics – like plastic shopping bags, bread bags and cling wrap – when the RED Group launched its RED Project in October.

RED stands for “recycling + education = the difference” and the aim of RED Group is to rethink recycling and demonstrate that “practical solutions exist for the most difficult (and common) types of waste”.

The launch of RED project in the Alpine Shire was facilitated by Council’s Waste Management Officer, Sandra Light, who encouraged every primary school in the Shire to get on board.

During school visits by RED Group Director of Development Liz Kasell, students learned that the 7150 plastic bags that are dumped into Australian landfills each minute take more than 600 years to break down, but can be easily recycled and used to make useful items such as furniture, signs and fencing.

Primary schools received special RED bins to place their soft plastics into for recycling.

For each kilogram recycled by students in the first two bin collections by RED Group, schools with receive $5 to spend on recycled plastic goods.

Council’s Director Infrastructure Services Ian Ellett said the project had the dual benefit of providing education and displaying real results.

“This is a fantastic way for students and their families to become actively involved in recycling soft plastics and see a direct positive result from their actions,” he said.

Residents can also join the bid to keep plastic bags away from landfills by dropping them into the RED Group bins at Council’s Offices, Churchill Avenue, Bright, or Customer Service Centres at Myrtleford and Mount Beauty libraries.

Bright P-12 College students get into the act of recycling plastic bags
GREEN EDUCATION: RED Group Director of Development Liz Kasell and Bright P-12 College students Sean Lawless and (front) Daisy Chatburn take a plastic bag recycling test run when RED Project was launched in Bright in October.

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