Three-quarters of this new entrants class at the Wanaka
Primary School show their lunch boxes are ''litter free''.
Photo by Mark Price.
Wanaka's Mt Aspiring College is setting out to get rid of
all 37 of its rubbish bins by later this year.
And if it is successful, it will save the $7800 annual cost
of emptying them.
The catch for parents is that they can expect whatever
rubbish their children take to school in the morning will
arrive home with them in the afternoon.
The scheme is being promoted by the college's Team Green
Principal Wayne Bosley told the Otago Daily Times this
week any savings that result will go into other
Mr Bosley said the idea was for people to take ''total
responsibility'' for rubbish.
''We have set ourselves the goal of trying to become bin-free
by some stage this year.''
He agreed the scheme was a variation on the ''leave nothing
but footprints'' policy encouraged among visitors to New
Zealand's National Parks.
''It's just trying to turn around an age-old issue about
litter in schools.''
Those seen ''doing the right thing'' by picking up other
people's litter will be issued with a ''gotcha'' card and go
into a prize draw.
Mr Bosley said there were logistical problems to solve before
the school went bin-free but there had already been a big
He was not aware of any other school being bin-free.
Team Green's research revealed it took 252 hours a year to
empty the college's bins and even then there was still litter
Wanaka Primary School is taking another approach to its
Principal Wendy Bamford said the school was trying to
convince parents not to send food wrappings to school but to
use recyclable containers for lunches.
That way children would not drop food wrappings during the
rush to the playground at lunch time or while playing, she
''If the lunch boxes are coming to school without wrappers,
then half your problem's eliminated.''