Cross country carnival goes green

Being eco-friendly will be part of the fun at tomorrow’s Brunswick Valley Small Schools cross country Carnival at Durrumbul Public School.

As part of the school’s ongoing commitment to environmental education and creating a more sustainable school community, it is working with the North East Waste Forum and Byron Council to make the carnival ‘waste wise’.

 A low-waste healthy lunch prepared by the Durrumbul P&C will be available on the day, and separate bins will be provided for the collection of recyclable containers and for food waste, which will go to feed chooks and for composting.

Seven local primary schools are involved in the carnival and all have been asked to help reduce waste by encouraging students and teachers to bring a refillable drink bottle and to pack a ‘low-waste lunch’ if they are bringing their own food.

Durrumbul Public School principal Anne Reichart said integrating waste reduction and recycling initiatives into a major school sporting event was a great learning opportunity for our school communities.

“We are aiming to reduce waste to landfill from the carnival by more than 60 per cent, thereby dramatically reducing our ecological footprint,” she said.

“What we learn from this experience will help us to be even more ‘waste wise’ at our next carnival in May.”

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