The school community set themselves a target for reducing the amount of waste going to landfill each term.
Based on these targets, Loreto worked with Detpak to substitute existing packaging for sustainable alternatives as well as restructuring their bin system to enable waste separation and collection, diverting as much from the general waste stream as possible.
Following an audit of their packaging, Detpak made recommendations for replacements including unlined board and sugarcane cartons and trays to enable recycling or composting of all food packaging at Loreto College.
The new bin system was labelled according to the packaging and other disposable products used on campus to make it relevant to the items being placed in each stream. Environment committees were also formed across the junior and senior schools, giving students the responsibility to educate their peers around the segregation of rubbish.
“The girls have been really creative – they have created online videos to educate the other students about the issue, ultimately the girls have to be responsible for their own behaviour and are more likely to respond from their peers than a teacher saying, ‘Put your rubbish in the right bin’,” Dr Archard said.