WIN WIN: Environment Committee members, Edward Schefe and Phoebe Cooke helping the environment and raising funds for their school.
WIN WIN: Environment Committee members, Edward Schefe and Phoebe Cooke helping the environment and raising funds for their school. Lucy Rutherford

Roma State College students go green to help beautify school

EDDIE Schefe, Jael Halls, Phoebe Cooke, Chloe Davis, Kelsi Davis and Isabella Knayer are doing their part in stopping rubbish going to landfill, as well as earning valuable money for their school.

The six students in the Environment Committee at Roma State College were inspired to create a Containers for Change initiative after noticing large amounts of litter and waste around the school and wanting to find creative ways to put it to better use.

Painting recycled wheelie bins and scattering them around the school has encouraged their fellow students to recycle their poppers, drink bottles and cans in the designated bins, with all funds going into beautifying the school grounds by creating green spaces for students and staff.

Humanities teacher Rechelle Rozwadowski believes the scheme is a win-win for both the environment and the school.

"With the assistance of dedicated cleaners, students and staff, as well as support from Origin who have generously donated some cans, we have managed to raise just over $1200 so far this year,” she said.

Year 9 student Eddie Schefe was inspired to join the Environment Committee from his love of greenery and passion to help maintain it.

"The school is making a profit off its waste, as well as helping acquire better resources for the school,” he said.

"It's great to see that most students will walk the extra distance to one of our painted bins to properly recycle their drinks.”

And if they don't, Roma State College cleaners Jan, Donna, Debbie, Rosie and Thelma work tirelessly by sifting through the other bins for missed cans and bottles to ensure the school isn't missing out on a cent.

The Environment Committee painting recycled bins for the Containers for Change incentive.
The Environment Committee painting recycled bins for the Containers for Change incentive. contributed

Phoebe Cooke, Jan Mackay, Rechelle Rozwadowski, Jael Halls and Eddie Schefe.
Phoebe Cooke, Jan Mackay, Rechelle Rozwadowski, Jael Halls and Eddie Schefe. Lucy Rutherford

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