The Shire’s health team is encouraging families in the community to live more sustainable lives, by distributing 2000 free kitchen bin caddies with a roll of compostable bag liners to primary schools in the area.
Students, at five of the seven primary schools in the Shire, will complete a quiz to test their knowledge about organic waste, in an effort to take home the caddies and share the information with their family.
The caddies are designed to sit on the kitchen bench and collect food scraps and organics to transfer into the 240 litre organics wheelie bin.
The distribution of the caddies has fulfilled the Shire’s next milestone of the Better Bins funding program.
Environmental Health Officer Naomi Milner said it is hoped this initiative will assist and encourage greater use of the organics bin and/or composting, which will divert food scraps from going to landfill.
“The caddies can be used with or without an organics bag liner. It is fantastic that our schools are keen to promote recycling and waste incentives,” Mrs Milner said.
Waste Education Officer Emma Clay said it was fantastic to see schools and families embracing the use of their organics caddies and bins.
“By using these bins, residents are keeping thousands of tonnes of organic waste out of landfill, preventing greenhouse gases and creating a circular economy here in the South West,” she said.