Why waste it

Published on 11 September 2023

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Another school has come on board the Council-led program to transform plastic waste into tools for school.

Students at Lindfield East Public School have collected around 30 kilograms of plastic waste to turn into school rulers.

This week six groups of Year 3 and 4 students saw how a special mould purchased by the Council can be used to melt down waste plastics and turn them into rulers for their classrooms.

Working with industrial designers and educators Defy Design, Lindfield East and West Pymble Public Schools are the first to partner with Council to deliver the program.

The program shows students real-life examples of how a circular economy could work and forms part of the long-term goal for Ku-ring-gai to reach a target of net zero emissions by the year 2040.

Mayor Jeff Pettett said he would like to see the innovation being taken up by more local schools.

“It’s a great way of transforming unusable plastic into something useful and also educating the students on what a circular economy really means.”

The Mayor added that Council was keen to hear from other local schools who might be interested in using the mould and hosting a free workshop at their school.

Find out more at www.netzero.krg.nsw.gov.au/smartschools or call the Council’s sustainability education officer on 9424 0000.




Media enquiries: Sally Williams Ku-ring-gai Council 9424 0000.


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