Legistrative Council E-Petitions

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Fund commingled recycling in schools
This Petition of certain citizens of the State of Victoria draws to the attention of the Legislative Council the unavailability of funding for schools to implement commingled recycling programs.

Whilst schools receive a budget to manage waste, this does not cover recycling, meaning that many schools do not have recycling bins. Whilst households are getting a new recycling bin and councils are being given additional funds to facilitate this under the Recycling Victoria policy, schools are left without funding options for recycling unless they choose to fully fund this themselves.

Schools are a missed opportunity in Victoria's recycling policy, as they generate many recyclable materials. Implementing recycling in schools is a valuable opportunity for students to learn how to recycle and have the knowledge to become informed global citizens and make sustainable choices in the future. This is particularly relevant with the introduction of the purple-lid bin, as implementing it in schools will encourage students to take this knowledge home and facilitate the success of this new bin in households.

Recycling is a key part of Victoria's transition to a circular economy and it is vital that students are actively and practically educated about recycling for this transition to occur.
The petitioners therefore request that the Legislative Council call on the Government to provide facilities and funding to schools that allows them to finance ongoing commingled recycling programs that mirror the four-bin system being implemented in Victorian households.
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