Climate Clever

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.

Paper & Cardboard
All cardboard is collected and placed into a cardboard only bin. Each student block has a large 240L bin that staff and students place cardboard waste into.
All waste paper is collected in 60L red bins in each classroom and emptied regularly by students into the ‘Co-mingled’ bin for recycling.
Batteries
We have a collection bin in the front office for local families to drop off their old batteries.

Co-mingled recycling including hard plastics, aluminium & steel cans, glass bottles & jars, milk & juice cartons.
Currently each student block has a bin that we use to dispose of co-mingled waste (single-use packaging). This reduces single-use packaging waste from our breakfast club, staff lunches and meetings.
These are emptied regularly and placed into the large yellow-topped recycling bin.
We are planning to update the collection bins so we have bins outside in all playground areas. This will allow us to collect and recycle single-use packaging waste from our students.

Waste-free lunches
We are initiating our ‘Waste-free’ lunch project to encourage students to bring less single-use packaging to school.
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 & worm farm
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.
A new canteen menu is being developed for 2020 that will utilise the vegetables grown in our garden (very exciting!)

Recent waste audit results
This graph came from our Climate Clever data. It shows the total amount of waste we have produced over the last 3 years.
We are on track to reduce our whole school waste by 6-7 tonne from 2017 and 11-12 tonnes compared to 2018.


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.

Networking
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.