Rubbish reuse boosts resource funds

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A recycling project is teaching Yarralin School students to be eco-friendly.

Students at the isolated community — 388km from Katherine — began collecting bottles and cans in March this year.

Teacher Dennis Dean said four huge bags have been filled by a recycling scheme that raises funds for future school programs.

“The students found recyclable containers in the community,” he said. “The council, in an ongoing partnership, donated bottles and cans set for the tip.

“So far, we’ve raised $225 in refunds for the reclaimable throwaways.

“We’ll see if the collection volume is sustainable, or diminishes over time.

“The project is quantifiable and may become more research focused.

“Perhaps we can identify preferred drinks, and calculate the community’s intake of sugar from beer and soft drinks, and examine the health consequences.”

Mr Dean wants students and teachers to suggest how the money might be spent.

“Our initial target is $1000,” he said. “Spending options include buying equipment for science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics activities, softball and volleyball, and Transition class play resources.”

Yarralin recyclers

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