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School Waste Resources

Did you know that up to 86 per cent of the waste a school produces can be recycled or reused? That’s a big figure.

The Actsmart Schools program helps schools establish sustainable waste and recycling systems by providing support, tools and resources, including an easy-to-use best practice guide with step-by-step instructions.

Here are some staggering figures from comprehensive waste audits in seven primary and secondary schools in the ACT. They show that we need to act smart in making our schools sustainable, starting now:

  • In primary schools, 16% of waste is recyclable paper and cardboard, 48% compostable organics, 22% other recyclable materials, and only 14% garbage.
  • In secondary schools, 27% of waste is recyclable paper and cardboard, 29% compostable organics, 29% other recyclable materials, and only 15% garbage.

For more information, or to get more involved at your school, email actsmart@act.gov.au or call Actsmart Schools Officers on 6207 6430 or 6207 6317.