Last week we had Lesley and Toni from Enviro schools come to our school to conduct our annual waste audit. We have been collecting this data now for 7 years. It is pleasing to see that over this time we have made significant progress over this time thanks to our efforts to recycle paper and cardboard, and the use of our compost bins and worm farms for organic waste. This is not only beneficial for our environment but has also saved the school significant costs when disposing of waste!
Our biggest wastes continue to be soft plastics. We are looking at ways we could do soft plastic recycling. If you would like to help us with this then we would love to hear from you. This would involve taking the soft plastics once collected to one of the collection points at the local supermarkets in Rangiora.
We checked our worm farm out and found lots of healthy worms.
We also discovered we needed to add some lime to our compost to stop the fruit fly.
As part of our efforts to reduce waste at Ashley school the Year 5 and 6 children would like to attempt sewing some reusable lunch wrappers over the next 2 terms.
To help us we would love some donations of cotton fabric, cotton and velcro tape
We are hoping that parents or grandparents may have leftover material from projects that could be utilised as the fabric pieces only need to be about 40-50 cm squares.
Also if you are a keen sewer who would like to help teach us to sew we would love to hear from you too! Please see Mrs O’Loughlin if you are able to help.
Watch out soon for some work on our native gardens.