St Kilda Primary School was awarded the ‘Waste Primary School of the Year’ in recognition of their student-led teams in avoiding and reducing waste to landfill.
School’s student-led teams have focused on sustainability priorities across the school, which have led to a reduction in landfill and e-waste. Under the guidance of dedicated teachers and parents, the school has created a community recycling depot that collects printer cartridges, batteries, mobile phones, corks and soft plastic. A ‘Waste Warriors’ team collects data on landfill waste and recycling, and reminds students about which items can be recycled from their lunch box.
St Kilda Primary School has been supported by the Port Phillip EcoCentre over many years in education for sustainability, through Council’s ‘Tomorrow’s Leaders’ program as well as by Council's Greenhouse Programs Officer in education about waste management.
Clarendon Children’s Centre in South Melbourne was named as a Finalist in the ‘Early Childhood Service of the Year’ Award. This recognised the centre’s work through the ‘Seedlings’ Early Childhood Education for Sustainability program, supported by Council. The installation of solar panels, reduction in energy use, worm farming, and program for children to take the sustainability message home to parents and guardians, have all been successful initiatives which have provided a model of sustainability for other early years education and care services in our municipality.
St Kilda Primary School's waste reduction- recycling hub