Published on: 4 June 2020

Our Student Environmental Committee has been making a positive difference throughout the campus, collaborating with the School to reduce waste in multiple areas such as the Canteen and in the classrooms – now they would love your involvement too.

The Committee, comprised of students from Years 10 to 12, are currently exploring ways to minimise our impact on the environment and have identified waste as a key area for improvement.

“We are so grateful to our parents and carers, who for the most part, are the ones who pack our lunchboxes. However, single use products like cling wrap, chip packets (which are made from several layers of plastic) and juice boxes are unable to be recycled due to contamination,” says Student Environmental Committee member, Manus O’Leary (Year 11).

“This means that they end up in general waste bins, and then landfill.”

“Each week we produce a significant amount of general waste, and we think that’s rubbish! We are aiming to decrease this waste production over the coming 6 to 12 months, and we would love our parents help in doing so.”

The Committee is encouraging all parents and carers to consider using Tupperware containers or beeswax wraps the next time they’re packing their kid’s lunch, so as to contribute as little waste possible.

As an idea, you can encourage your kids to make their own lunch and recess perhaps, so that they have a direct influence over how they package their lunch?

Some sustainable ways to pack lunches:

An example of sustainable lunch packaging
Wasteful lunch packaging