Students from Batemans Bay to Bodalla are learning about the importance of recycling and the implications of littering this week as part of an environmental education initiative developed by Keep NSW Beautiful.
Held in the week of World Environment Day and sponsored by Eurobodalla Council, Enviromentors offers a series of different school “incursion” workshops focussing on current environmental issues.
Bodalla, Broulee, St Bernard’s, St Mary’s and Sunshine Bay primary schools are participating in the program this week.
It complements the wide-ranging environmental education programs and projects run in schools by Council’s environment and waste services teams centered on water conservation, waste reduction, marine debris, sustainable gardening, habitat for native animals and insects and more.
Council’s Waste Minimisation Officer Adam Patyus said the students were taking part in the “recycling” and “in the bin” Enviromentors modules, which had a focus on bin contamination, waste reduction, resource conservation and sustainability.
With contamination of Eurobodalla household recycling bins at about 12.7 per cent, the Enviromentors program is part of a wider campaign to encourage the community to be a good sort with their recycling.
“We have always had a very strong focus on environmental education in our local schools and the Enviromentors program complements our work and reinforces the important environmental messages the students have learned,” he said.
“We’re helping children to understand the environmental consequences of their actions from a young age.
“By encouraging them to be environmental stewards it is hoped they will go on to be leaders when it comes to things like recycling and reducing waste.”
For more information about Council’s environmental education initiatives, head to www.esc.nsw.gov.au
Above: Kindergarten students from Bodalla Public School participated in the Enviromentors program, sponsored by Eurobodalla Council, on Monday.