Pacific Paradise State School one of council’s shining STARS
  • Tuesday 17 September 2013

Pacific Paradise State School is shining bright with Sunshine Coast Council’s Waste 2 Resource STARS Program, by making big changes to way it sorts and disposes of its rubbish.

In just three years, 28 wheelie bins of rubbish per week have become 12—with a whopping 57 per cent now diverted from landfill.

STARS is part of council’s Waste 2 Resource education program, enabling students and schools to reduce their environmental and financial waste costs. It also teaches children the importance of waste avoidance, responsible waste management and how they can help create a sustainable future for themselves.

Division 8 Councillor Jason O’Pray said educating children and the community about how to reduce their waste plays a big part in council’s strategy to reduce waste going to landfill.

“Council relies on the community to play their part in waste reduction by separating their general waste from their recycling and organics—and we’d also like to see people making conscious choices about packaging, product longevity and identifying their own avenues for re-use,” Cr O’Pray said.

“Children can share the lessons learnt at school through the STARS program with their parents and hopefully change the practices in their own home.”

Following the school’s sign up to the program in 2010, the Sustainability Team looked at what they were throwing away and how much they could potentially divert from landfill—the results showed a staggering waste reduction potential of 71 per cent.

The little waste gurus then completed their ‘train the trainer’ coaching through the STARS program, and proceeded to train the entire school in sustainable waste practices.

Cr O’Pray congratulated the school on becoming more accountable for the waste it creates.

“I’m so impressed with the Sustainability Team and the entire school who took on this challenge together,” Cr O’Pray said.

“Their results show that council’s STARS program really works especially when you have such dedicated students. They are now prepared, trained and ready for action and will no doubt go through life with a great attitude towards waste avoidance and waste management.”

Council’s Waste 2 Resource STARS Program is a free service available to all schools on the Sunshine Coast.

For more information on how to get involved visit Council's website.