Tots honoured for helping turn centre waste into a resource

THE Coast's environment can breathe easier thanks to the efforts of students, staff and families of the Kuluin Early Learning Centre to divert a huge 42% of their waste away from landfill.

As part of Sunshine Coast Council's Waste 2 Resource STARS program, the centre has earned a certificate of achievement in recognition of its dedication to working towards a sustainable environment.

Division 7 Councillor Ted Hungerford said everyone connected with the centre should be proud of how much they had improved their sustainable waste management with the STARS program.

Environment Portfolio Councillor Jenny McKay said it was fantastic to see the young generation showing how easy it was to reduce, reuse and recycle.

"Having decided it was time to take action, Kuluin ELC sprang into top gear rolling out a recycling collection program using 10 yellow recycling boxes donated by council to help sort and separate recyclables," she said.

"The STARS program trained the centre to recycle right and they then busied themselves installing infrastructure and signage for comingled recycling, and teaching everyone to be great recyclers.

"The centre also rolled out an organics collection program for food scraps and other organic waste items able to be composted.

"A compost bin was set up with the help of council's Waste 2 Resource STARS program and three organics caddies were donated to help collect and separate organic material to feed the compost and worm farm on site."

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