Students’ stickers aim to boost Palmerston recycling

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Wheelie bin stickers promoting domestic recycling are about to be released to schools, and the public.

The ‘Recycle Right’ stickers are a Student Voice Positive Choice [SVPC] initiative involving 10 Palmerston schools in a recycling graphics design contest.

The artwork of competition winning Gray, Durack and Driver primary schools will appear on the vinyl advertisements, set to emblazon 5000 Palmerston recycling bins.

SVPC Coordinator Emma Hansen said: “Students were asked to design a residential recycling graphic to inspire the community to improve their recycling practices at home.

“Students in the 10 schools identified an increase in litter, and a decrease in recycling, and implemented The Global Collaborative Recycling Initiative 2021.

“The scheme is this year’s SVPC Global Initiative — an annual project with universal impacts, demonstrating students’ positive choices and advocacy for just social outcomes.”

Of the average 1200 tonnes of waste collected from residents’ bins each year, only 3% is reprocessed.

Ms Hansen said: “The SVPC used a $7500 City of Palmerston sustainability grant to fund 50% production of the stickers.

“In about two weeks they will be given to every family in the 10 participating schools, and to other Palmerton schools for distribution to their communities.

“Students will give the remainder to people visiting the Gateway Shopping Centre on 20 and 27 November.”

Driver Primary School's Sophie Malone with her winning contest entry. The other winners are Zach Gibbs from Durack Primary School, and Vidushi Sharma from Gray Primary School.

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