Hello Leschenault family and friends,
As you are aware, single use plastic and recycling is a real concern with our students at Leschenault.
The Environmental Ministry students and I have been very busy working towards the implementation of correct recycling procedures.
We have very exciting news to share with you all.
In partnership with Greenbatch, we have set up a recycling station at L.C.P.S. It is located behind the main stage in the undercover area.
Here you will be able to drop off the following for recycling:
What is GreenBatch?
“By 2050 there will be more plastic in our oceans than fish. Our mission is to reverse this. GreenBatch is building WA's first plastic reprocessing plant, turning the PET plastic bottles we put in our recycling bins into 3D printing filament for schools to build and create with.
What happens to the plastic we put in our recycling bins?
In WA, most of us use recycling bins to separate out our plastic, paper, metal and glass from our food scraps and other waste. The recycling truck comes along to collect it all every fortnight, but then what happens?
You might assume that if you put a plastic water bottle into a recycling bin, it's being recycled and turned back into a new water bottle. Sadly, this is not the case. Currently, there is no plastic reprocessing in WA, and only one plastic reprocessing plant in the rest of Australia (that we know of). So, what happens to WA's plastic? It's not economically viable for us to send our plastic to the Eastern States for recycling, nor do they want it because they get enough plastic as it is. What really happens is our plastics are bailed up by the tonne and sold to overseas markets where 98-99% of it is burned for fuel, and only 1-2% gets recycled”. (https://www.greenbatch.com/our-story)
Further information can be found at https://www.greenbatch.com
We also have soft plastic recycling available. If you can scrunch the plastic, you can recycle it. These plastics will be collected and dropped off at either Coles or Woolworths as part of the RedCycle incentive. More information may be found https://www.redcycle.net.au/
Here is what you can do.
- Start collecting and cleaning items from the accepted items above.
- All items must be washed, dried and all lids separated from the bottles.
- Place items into plastic bags, boxes etc to bring to school.
- Collection and drop off will be Monday mornings (starting Week 3).
I will be in the undercover area to greet students/parents/caregivers. Every bag of recyclables your child/children bring in will earn them 1 stamp. When your child or /children have earned 20 stamps over 20 weeks (max. 1 stamp per week) they will be awarded an environmental badge for their schoolbag.
We thank you for your patience as we transition as a school and make a great leap to earn our Waste Wise accreditation.
Happy collecting and recycling,
Mrs Fiona Negus
LCPS Science Specialist