50 schools across the Hunter region are participating in a Binless Playground Day campaign, where all playground bins will be removed. The purpose is to reduce the amount of waste children produce each day with their school meals.
Reusable containers for lunch and snacks, along with reusable drink bottles, are being encouraged instead of disposable ones. That means no more juice poppas or sandwiches in cling wrap.
Maitland Public School is just one of the schools participating in the campaign, which was organised by the Hunter-Central Rivers Catchment Management Authority. The ultimate goal of the campaign is to raise awareness when it comes to how severely litter can damage the area’s waterways.
Year 6 students recommended that others use reusable lunch containers, recyclable materials like paper bags or bring fruit that doesn’t need packaging and can have the remains placed in the compost heap at the school.
One 11 year old student, India Laing, is the school’s environment minister and said that she brings her lunch in reusable containers every day.
“I think more kids and adults as well should try to do this to help save marine life,” she said.