SUSTAINABILITY

 

We believe that we are all responsible for our environment. As such, we are looking at ways to reduce our usage of electricity and water; reuse as many things as possible; and recycle as many things as possible.

 

Our Whole Service:

  • We developed a sustainability statement and a sustainability policy in August 2013

  • We became a member of ECEEN in 2013

  • We conduct litter audits each term in 2013 and realised that lunch boxes were contributing a lot of waste to landfill. In 2014 we began having litter-less lunches

 

The Children:

  • We have a visit from the Tweed Shire Council’s environmental education officer, Sacha each year. She teaches us about reusing, reducing and recycling. 

  • The children use recycling and rubbish bins in the playroom and bathroom. These now follow the large council bin colour code system of yellow for recycling and red for rubbish.

  • We have a green bench top bin to collect food scraps. These are taken home by either staff or children’s for chicken food. Any leftover scraps are taken to Bilambil Public School for composting.

  • As part of our regular program, we read stories about and discussed environmental issues - especially those related to issues in our local environment.

  • The children use a lot of natural materials in their craft.

  • We have had the Henny Penny chicken hatching program to teach children about life cycles.

  • We are teaching the children about reusing items - especially in our craft.

  • We make sure we don't buy too much fruit for OOSH so that there is little wastage.

  • Even though all of our paint and glue is non-toxic, we don't put paint or glue down the sink. Instead we have a place in the garden where we tip the paint in.

 

 

Our Business Practices:
  • We have reduced our paper usage by emailing fee invoices & statements, newsletters, and most of our correspondence letters for both preschool & OOSH.

  • We no longer print OOSH receipts for direct deposit payments as these show up on all statements. Statements are emailed each week.

  • We use both sides of paper when printing when possible and select eco print to reduce the amount of ink we use.

  • Any paper that has a blank side is used for scrap paper to take phone messages or write notes on.

  • Power points were added in the office to eliminate the need for power boards as this reduces electricity usage.

  • We investigate where our office supplies are sourced from and how ethically and ecologically they are produced and transported.

  • Milk cartons are purchase wherever possible instead of plastic milk bottles – while these two products are both able to be reused or recycled, Tweed Shire sells all of its’ plastic and paper/cardboard to a Chinese business man who ships it to China for recycling. In the process, some waste inevitably ends up in the ocean. As cardboard breaks down and plastic doesn’t, we have deduced that cardboard is more environmentally friendly.

  • Lights are turned off when not in use – especially during outdoor play.

  • We source our resources from local businesses and local products.

  • Staff are looking for ways to reuse items before throwing them away.

  • Shredded paper goes home to preschool families for their chicken coops.

  • We investigated the effects on the environment of using paper towel or electric hand dryers.

Our Building and Grounds:
  • Our fans have been replaced with more energy efficient ones.

  • We received a small sustainability grant to install a rainwater tank.

  • We have a water filter on the tap in the kitchen for drinking water.

  • We are creating a dry creek bed with a pitcher hand pump that will connect with our rainwater tank.

  • Our vegetable garden is made by reusing pallets.

  • We are looking into more energy efficient lighting.

  • During the planning stages of our future extension building works we have assessed cross ventilation and energy efficiency to ensure we are making the best choices possible.

  • Windows are opened wherever possible and practicable for airflow and air-conditioning usage is kept to a minimum.

 LUNCHES 

As part of our responsibility for the environment, our service implements "Litter-less Lunches".  This means that we have eliminated all plastic and paper wrapping from our lunch boxes. Instead, children bring their lunch in reusable containers....a lunch box with dividers is perfect for the job. Having no litter in the lunch box doesn't mean we want parents to open a packet of processed food at home and tip the contents into the lunchbox! It means that we encourage parents to provide fresh healthy ingredients instead.

 

If you want your child to have a treat, we encourage you to make something together so that your child knows what's in their treat and what they're putting into their body. We also ask that home made treats are kept to a small bite-size portion. Alternatively, why not write a special note for your child and pop it into their lunch box.

 

Each preschool newsletter has ideas and recipies that help parents to provide fresh healthy lunches for their children.

Call Us: (07) 5590 7722   /   kris@bilambilpreschooloosh.org   /  418 Bilambil Road, Bilambil NSW 2486

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