Santa Maria Joins the War on Single Use Plastics!
You may have noticed the new purple bins around Santa Maria. This is an initiative of our Eco Sisters co-curricular service group, working alongside Greenbatch and their Schools Recycling Program.
Two of the objectives of our Eco-Sisters group are to promote a sustainable College environment and to develop College recycling strategies and collection of materials. In partnership with Greenbatch, Santa Maria College is now collecting and recycling plastic PET bottles.
GreenBatch is working alongside schools to install plastic collection points and provide recycling education.
Santa Maria is one of the first eight schools in Western Australia to become a partner. Lisa O’Malley MLA, recently visited the College and met with staff member and Eco Sisters Co-ordinator, Hannah Fay and Year 12 Eco Sisters leader Anjali Patel, to learn about the program. Ms O’Malley is working to promote the reduction of waste and recycling of single use plastics and is very active around environment and sustainability initiatives.
GreenBatch picks up the school collection bins and removes any labels, lids and rings from the bottles to prevent contamination. The bottles are then washed, shredded and melted down into pellets which can be used just like virgin plastic in any standard plastic manufacturing machinery. GreenBatch further processes the pellets into long strands of 3D printer filament. The filament is made in many different colours and can be used in 3D printers to make almost anything you can imagine! The lids (a harder plastic) are recycled into the spools that hold the filament.
3D filament is very expensive, but through this program, the College will no longer need to purchase 3D filament for our printers.
Parents and students are encouraged to get involved and return PET bottles to the College. There are collection points at Student Reception, the Science Office, or pop your bottles into any of the purple bins.
We have just collected our 1000th bottle.
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