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RECYCLING

FACTS AND FIGURES

A lot of different items that are usually thrown away can actually be recycled and given a second, third or even a fourth life! Did you know that up to 30% of the litter items that are put in general waste bins can actually be recycled one way or another.

These are the ways recycling can help the environment:

  • Recycling can help reduce pollution

  • Lower the energy use needed to make brand new materials

  • Reduce the amount of rubbish in landfill

  • Protect local environments and habitats as materials can be extracted from these areas such as trees used for paper.

There are 6 streams of recycling which you can see below! Download these bin posters to know what can and can't be recycled! You could even print these posters out and use them around your school.

RECYCLING CHALLENGES

RECYCLING RANGERS SKIT

A great way to educate and create awareness about recycling in your school is using the power of drama in the form of a skit! So this activity is perfect for EcoMarines who love drama and film AND want to make better decisions for the health of our environment. 

STEP 1. 

Get together with your EcoMarines crew to discuss your skit. A skit is a like a short play or performance that has an important meaning behind it but is often funny and positive. 

Consider the recycling set up at your school and what messages you would like to share. For example: 

  • Using the right recycling bin for the right items

  • Containers for Change 

  • How to recycle certain items e.g. soft plastics, e-waste, mobile phones, batteries 

  • Reducing wrappers, packaging and containers in school

STEP 2. 

After you have decided on your message or theme, you can start thinking of what you want your skit to look like such as a story, a game show or a news interview. Let your imagination run wild! The more creative and funny, the better. 

STEP 3. 

It's time to get planning! To help you plan your script for the skit, we have a template you can use: 

Make sure you are giving your audience the correct recycling information. A good way to do this is to google council recycling guides depending on what council region your school belongs too.

 

This is important as some councils do not recycle certain items such as: 

  • Bottle caps

  • Soft plastics

  • Garden waste 

STEP 4. 

After a little bit of practice, your drama crew will be ready to present your Recycling Rangers skit. Here are some ideas for where and how you can present your skit:

  • Present on assembly

  • Present it to your teachers at a staff meeting

  • Organise to show your skit to younger grades 

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STEP 5. 

Enter into our Recycle Right Skit Competition by Friday 8th October (Week 1, Term 4) for a chance to preform your skit at our end of year event The Wave! AND you will also have the opportunity for an EcoMarines film crew to come out to your school and create a video production of your skit! You can submit your script in to us or even a video of one of your presentations. You can submit your script in to us or even a video of one of your presentations. Use the submission form below!

CONTAINERS FOR CHANGE

Containers for Change is a great initiative to encourage recycling and giving back to the community. 

 

We suggest incorporating Containers for Change with our Recycle Rangers challenge. 

S​TEP 1. 

Setting up a recycling initiative in your school, and making sure people know how to use it.
 

STEP 2. 

Separating the refundable containers from non-refundable. 
 

STEP 3. 

Taking the refundable containers to your nearest collection centre.

STEP 4. 

Check out ReturnIt or Scouts to assist with steps 2 and 3!
 

Choose what to do with the funds! These could be put towards an environmental project in the school, local charity or anything else you choose. EcoMarines is a registered charity with Containers for Change and we would welcome any donations to help us grow! Our code is C10041492 if you would like to donate.

 

The Containers for Change website has more information on what type of containers are accepted, and where to return them.

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SCHOOL SPOTLIGHTS!

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BIN CAMPAIGNS

with Islamic College of Brisbane Secondary

The EcoMarines started their bin campaign with improving bin accessibility by moving bins to more high traffic areas. They then introduced bin toppers which display what goes in each bin. Lastly, they converted waste bins into six organized stations including containers for change, bottle caps, e-waste and soft plastic.

If undertaking a bin campaign, make sure to think about where bins are placed, what information is provided to us bins and how to collect data on correct bin usage!