26 March 2014
Central Otago District Council, Central Otago WasteBusters, Enviroschools Central Otago and sustainable living group MAD4CO have teamed up to run a waste minimisation themed competition open to all school-aged children in Central Otago.
The Central Otago Schools' Zero Waste Challenge involves students conducting either a packaging audit or waste audit in their homes or schools during term 1, based on resources provided by Enviroschools Facilitator Steve Brown. From this students have been invited to submit a presentation – as individuals or small groups – sharing what they've learned using their own choice of media.
"It could be a video, a song, a poster, a blog – whatever medium they choose we want to see presentations that really engage, and make people think, inspire them to act and compel them to share the messages or tips on how to reduce waste," said Council Communications Coordinator Maria De Cort.
"The intention is to be able to share entries with the wider community as part of the Gearing Up For Change campaign to get our district ready for the introduction of fortnightly refuse collection from 1 July."
Mr Brown said excitement about the Challenge was building, with a number of schools visiting Central Otago WasteBusters and the transfer station in recent weeks to learn more about what happens to rubbish and recycling in this district.
Entries close on Thursday 17 April. Winners will be announced in Term 2 and will be invited to present to the Mayor and Councillors at a special prize giving in Council Chambers.
Some great prizes are up for grabs for primary and high school students thanks to some very generous sponsorship. Major prizes include a horse trek experience with Rabbit Range, a Paintball Central adventure in Cromwell, a fun-fuelled group session on the Go-Kart track at Highlands Motorsport Park, and multi-swim passes for Molyneux Aquatic Centre or Cromwell Swim Centre.
Other prizes have been donated by Green Ideas magazine, Scholastic, WAS, 4MyEarth, Rematerialise, Creatively Crafted, Seedling, and Central Eco Nurseries.
More information about the challenge can be found in our Gearing Up For Change section.