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Students For A Sustainable Future

17/06/2019
​Books Purchased with Containers For Change Initiative funds.​​
​At Edge Hill State School we are committed to educating children to think and act for a sustainable future. The most recent example of our commitment to this message is the schools participation in the Containers for Change initiative. Students in 2C, who have jumped in and are collecting containers, said that being involved makes them, 
“Feel good!”
Containers for Change is a state-wide initiative that evolved in light of statistics demonstrating that Queensland had the lowest recycling rates in the country, at only 44%.  Each year approximately three billion beverage containers are generated in Queensland alone and these are the second most littered item. Children in Miss Donna’s Year 2 class are contributing a large bucket of plastic bottles and tetra-pack containers every week to our own school based collection scheme. 
Containers for Change encourages us all to improve recycling efforts and keep our beautiful natural environments litter free. Through the scheme, every eligible container returned to a refund point is worth 10 cents. Staff in our Library considered the number of containers being thrown in the rubbish at school and decided to act, agreeing to re-invest all the money raised.
Engaging students in the collection of containers has been a fun way to be even more successful recyclers. We already have an established compostable waste scheme at our school. Container collection however has the added bonus of earning money that the Library is able to use to purchase more books. Students have also been asked to submit recommendations for the books the Library will purchase with the proceeds of our collection drive. The key reason this initiative matters though was summed up when interviewing 2C, 
“We don’t want the turtles to die.”
“Or the frogs!”
It’s clear that our youngsters are concerned for the planet and their local community too. They want safe sustainable futures. When asked why they were making such a big class effort to collect recyclable containers, students in 2C were very clear, 
“So the rubbish doesn’t go into the ocean”
“To protect our environment” and importantly, 
“We’re keeping our school clean and tidy too!”