Bray Park green team the Genesis for recycler award

Students from Bray Park’s Little Genesis Early Learning Centre have taken out top honours for their green initiatives at Moreton Bay Regional Council’s 2016 Regional Recycler Awards.

The young recyclers were handed the $2,500 prize and frilled-neck lizard trophy made from recycled items for their unique Green Team program.

Moreton Bay Regional Council Mayor Allan Sutherland presented Little Genesis students and staff the awards at a special ceremony on Monday, November 14.

“This year’s Regional Recycler challenge asked local schools and early learning centres to show through a series of pictures how they were doing their bit for the environment by reducing, reusing and recycling,” Mayor Sutherland said.

“Little Genesis’ Green Team initiative took the eye of judges in what a was a competitive field that consisted of 15 entries from across the Moreton Bay Region.”

Division 8 Councillor Mick Gillam said as part of the program, Little Genesis’ Green Team members go around the ELC each day and collect items for recycling and compost.

“They help to fix and reuse items, learn to grow their own veggies that they can then take home to their families, and this year the after school care class has also been making their own paper,” Cr Gillam said.

“Almost every student gets involved in the Green Team program, with a new team chosen every two months. 

“Programs like the Green Team are the genesis of positive recycling habits, and I congratulate the students and staff of Little Genesis ELC on the success of their recycling initiative.”

Little Genesis Early Learning Centre Director Annette West said the award recognised the hard work of the ELC’s students and staff and reflected their enthusiasm when it comes to preserving the region’s environment.

“Our community looks after more than 144 children each week from infants to Prep OSHC, and it’s important that we strive to instil good values like recycling and treasuring our local ecosystems,” Ms West said.

“Our Green Team initiative forms part of that overall commitment and does so through unique methods that are fun and engage young minds.”

As part of the 2016 Regional Recycler Awards, Bribie Island State School, Caboolture Montessori School and Creative Kids Clontarf received commendations for their green programs.

Mayor Sutherland congratulated all of the 2016 entries and encouraged them to continue implementing their recycling initiatives.

“Through school-based initiatives like these, we’re planting the green seed early and ensuring that our youngest residents are helping overall recycling efforts, which just last year saw more than 33,700 tonnes of kerbside waste recycled,” Mayor Sutherland said.

This year entrants were:

  • Albany Creek Kindergarten
  • Bribie Island Community Kindergarten
  • Bribie Island State School
  • Caboolture Montessori School
  • Creative Kids Clontarf
  • Florence Community Kindergarten and Preschool
  • Genesis Christian College
  • Goodstart Bongaree
  • Little Genesis Early Learning Centre
  • Mother Duck Child Care Kallangur
  • Patricks Road State School
  • Scarborough State School Special Education Unit
  • Sesame Lange Care and Kindergarten Morayfield
  • St Michael’s College Early Learning Centre
  • Tullawong State High School

Their entries can be viewed at www.moretonbay.qld.gov.au/regionalrecycler.

 

For more information on waste and recycling initiatives in the Moreton Bay Region visit www.moretonbay.qld.gov.au/waste.

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