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Recycling at Sherwood Park

Learning to recycle for life

News Article Date: 
Wednesday, 9 November 2016

The children at Sherwood Park Childcare Centre have taken up Planet Ark’s Recycle Right Schools Challenge, with a series of green initiatives culminating in National Recycling Week this week.

Children took part in the ‘Green Olympics’ on Wednesday. After completing an obstacle course, each child was given an item to dispose of in either a rubbish, recycling or waste paper bin. The children used the knowledge they learnt in their time at Sherwood Park to make the right decision.

Sherwood Park Childcare Centre Coordinator Ellie Harris said that the children had readily embraced the concept of recycling.

“We talk about recycling and sustainability every day. Whenever something needs to be disposed of, we ask the children which bin they think it belongs in,” she said.

“Teaching children about recycling at a young age is important as good recycling habits last a lifetime.

“Hopefully the kids can go home and share their recycling skills with their family.”

The Warrnambool City Council-run centre recently introduced a worm farm into its waste management process, with the children learning about how food scraps can be reused with the help of worms.

Whenever the children don’t finish a glass of water, it is tipped into a ‘recycling jug’ which is used on the centre’s pot plants.

The centre’s recycling display in the foyer also provides a conversation point for parents and a reminder of the importance of recycling.

Enrolments at all Warrnambool City Council childcare centres for 2017 are now open.

For more information call 5559 4800 or visit www.warrnambool.vic.gov.au/centre-based-childcare.

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