Students dig recycling campaign

PRIMARY school students will put their green thumbs to work after the Scenic Rim Council donated 40 compost bins to schools in the district this week.

The compost bins, valued at $50 each, were delivered to promote recycling organic waste during National Recycling Week.

Mayor John Brent said involving schools was a great way to raise awareness and press the importance of recycling.

"By giving students the opportunity to recycle at school, hopefully they can take their knowledge and experiences to introduce or expand recycling at home," Cr Brent said.

"I encourage the schools to put the compost bins to good use and integrate them into the teaching curriculum.

"There are many environmental benefits from recycling organic waste including improving soil, attracting worms and reducing the amount of waste sent to landfill."

Founded by Planet Ark, National Recycling Week is in its 16th year and aims to engage students and businesses in learning about the environmental benefits of recycling.

The students also have the chance to take composting out of the class room, by winning a compost bin for their home by entering Council's National Recycling Week competition.

The competition has three category three age categories, which are kindergarten/prep and year one; years two, three and four; and years five, six and seven.

Entrants need to explain what recycling means to them.

The competition stencil is available at customer service centres, libraries and on Council's website at www.scenicrim.qld.gov.au/national-recycling-week.

Entries will close on Monday, November 14.

The compost bins will be delivered from November 14 and will include a "How to Compost" booklet.

Include your name, contact phone number and address when sending in your entry to: Waste Department, Scenic Rim Regional Council, PO Box 25, Beaudesert Qld 4285.



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