As part of its commitment to creating cleaner communities, the City of Bayswater is delivering its recycling message where it counts - directly into schools.
Mayor Barry McKenna said the City's School Waste Education Program has been rolled out to Noranda, Hampton, Embleton and Maylands Primary Schools and the feedback has been overwhelmingly positive.
"We are now looking to further expand our Waste Education Program to other primary schools and I would like to invite local schools to get involved.
"The Primary School Waste Education Program aims to educate students from Year 1 to 6 about waste minimisation and management through implementing the reduce, reuse and recycle principles.
"Primary school children are so eager to learn about recycling and the City's Waste Education Program presents the perfect opportunity for us to engage them. They are encouraged to take what they learn from the program and utilise the principles within the school, at home and in the community.
"Educating our children about sustainable practices now, will ensure our natural environment is protected into the future as they carry this information with them into adult life.
"One of the most important things these workshops can achieve is to educate children on the correct method of recycling so contamination is reduced. The City incurs a cost to collect and process recyclable materials from people's homes however if they are contaminated the items end up in landfill anyway.
"The educational and interactive sessions include hands on 'sorting' activities and ways to reuse items brought into the home.
"Children were actually quite surprised when they realised how many everyday items end up in landfill. They were keen to address this by sharing what they learnt about effective recycling with their family members.
"Feedback from a parent questionnaire completed following the delivery of the Waste Education Program at Hampton Park Primary School last year showed 96 per cent of children spoke to their parents about recycling as a result of the class presentation.
"While 98 per cent of parents stated that their own knowledge of recycling increased as a result of their child's participation in the program.
The workshops are delivered by the City's waste contractor, Cleanaway.