Our school is passionate about committing to a greener future. With the support of the ClimateClever Initiative, we have developed a whole school sustainability program, with a vision for continuous improvement. The ClimateClever Initiative is a data-driven company created to assist schools with measuring, monitoring and reducing carbon footprints.
We began our journey with ClimateClever towards the end of 2017 and have already taken great steps towards reducing our environmental impact.
As part of our ClimateClever plan, each year level has developed a sustainability action to be introduced and maintained throughout the school. These actions include:
- Waste Free Wednesday;
- Canteen credit for students using their own lunchboxes;
- Eliminating straws from the canteen;
- Staggered implementation of LED lights across the school;
- Movement to digital and online communications to reduce paper usage;
- Gardening club;
- Power Rangers – monitoring the usage of unnecessary power usage in classrooms e.g. switching off lights and appliances when not in use;
- Waste Wise Warrior team – managing whole school composting system;
- Promotion of using recycling bins provided in the playground and classrooms;
- Using the online ClimateClever tools to measure and audit our whole school carbon footprint including: electricity, waste, gas and water usage.
Our goal is to ignite the passion in our students to be lifelong advocates for our environment. We believe that small changes can make a big difference and look forward to further developing our whole school sustainability plan.
Reducing waste to landfill by 60% by waste avoidance and recovery projects.
As a proud Waste Wise school, Beeliar Primary has a number of ongoing systems that enable waste avoidance and recovery with items such as paper, cardboard, food waste and single-use packaging
4-Bin Recycling System
A new 4-bin system was introduced in 2020 to separate our waste streams and maximise the recycling opportunities available. Every bin station throughout the school now has four bins.
- Yellow lid for co-mingled recycling. This includes paper, hard plastics, aluminium and steel cans, glass bottles and jars and large milk or juice cartons.
- Orange lid for soft plastics-recycled by REDcycle.
- White lid for 10c refundable recycling. We return eligible containers and earn money for the school through the ‘Containers for Change’ program.
- Red lid for landfill
This had dramatically reduced our waste going to landfill, ensured that a large percentage is recycled and taught our students about good recycling habits.
We have a collection bin in the front office for local families to drop off their old batteries.
Our ‘Waste-free’ lunch days encourage our families to bring pack less single-use packaging and to choose other re-usable options such as lunchboxes and beeswax wrap.
Students in year one presented their posters to other classrooms and promoted the idea of bringing a ‘Waste-free’ lunch.
Fruit & vegetable scraps
All classrooms (plus staffroom/wet areas) have a scraps bin to collect fruit and vegetable scraps.
Our student team, called ‘Waste Wise Warriors’ collect the scraps bins twice a week and empty them into our compost bins.
Vegetable Garden & WormFarm
Once a week we have our Gardening club – students are involved in many different duties such as planting, mulching, watering and picking of vegetables.
Students in gardening club also help to put our ‘self-grown’ compost onto the garden. Students can see the recycling loop in action.
Fruit and vegetable waste is also given to our worm farm and managed by students.
The highly anticipated addition in 2021 has created much interest and enjoyment for the students. They make short work of the food scraps from the canteen and provide us with fresh eggs in return. Student helpers are responsible for checking for eggs each day, checking food water and cleaning out their coop.
Recent waste audit results
This graph came from our Climate Clever data. It shows we have steadily reduced the total amount of waste being produced over the last 4 years. Since 2017, we have reduced our overall whole school waste by 45 tonnes!!
In November 2019 we weighed the amount of fruit and vegetable waste we are generating from classroom scraps bins in one week. Over two separate days we collected 13kg and 7kg, so in a week we are usually collecting about 20kg of food waste for compost! This means that over a year we are collecting roughly 800kg!!
This food waste is diverted from landfill and turned it into compost for our vegetable garden.
Sustainable Schools WA & Climate Clever
We are an accredited Waste Wise school and members of Sustainable Schools WA
We are also part of the ‘Climate Clever’ program which allows us to monitor our electricity, water, gas and waste usage. We meet regularly with other schools to see what they are doing and network with other schools on a similar sustainability journey.