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25-Jul-2013

Mornington Park Waste Transfer Station receives funding to educate children to Keep Australia Beautiful 

Mornington Park Waste Transfer Station (MPWTS) will continue educating children about the importance of recycling with financial support provided under Keep Australia Beautiful’s (KAB) National Litter Plan - Pilot Program being run in Tasmania. 

The funding will go towards a suite of education packs designed to help students, who have arranged visits at the centre, understand the types of waste streams that exist, how to reduce waste and how waste can be reused or recycled. The packs will also contain stationery items made from recycled materials that will offer a daily reminder of the benefits of recycling. 

MPWTS general manager Grant Allen said educating children about recycling for the future of Tasmania’s environment was important. “As part of our Triple R - Reduce, Reuse Recycle - program, we offer free tours of the waste transfer station, where students can learn how to contribute to environmentally sustainable recycling practices,” he said. “These excursions are ideal for any school year group learning about recycling and the environment.” 

Mr Allen said the interactive sessions demonstrated how the transfer station worked to preserve Tasmania’s national environment. “Students will see how recycling works - from green waste, white goods, glass and plastics, to paper, gas bottles, batteries and all types of metal,” he said. 

Mr Allen said the flow-on benefits of this education would be seen in future generations as waste was decreased. “These children will become our future workforce,” he said. “They will know that recycling is not limited to domestic plastic bottles and aluminium cans and will understand about commercial recycling where whole buildings can be recycled.” 

More than 250 students from seven local schools have completed the course at the transfer station since it began this year. It is expected that 1000 students will attend the program during the full year.

KAB (Tasmania) chairman Ken Stewart said KABTas was focused on engaging community groups in identifying and cleaning up litter hotspots and would work with local government and private owners on these types of solutions. 

“We are focused on positively working with community and industry stakeholders to deliver positive environment and behavioural outcomes,” he said. 

Mr Stewart said the NBN pilot was fully funded by the Packaging Stewardship Forum of the Australian Food and Grocery Council, was in line with Option 2B of the Regulation Impact Statement and would address all litter and packaging recycling. 

The National Litter Plan - Pilot Program was officially launched at Bellerive in May 2012. 

See more about Mornington Park Waste Transfer Station.