A NEW initiative is looking to lay waste to littering as it pushes the benefits of recycling to Muswellbrook High School (MHS) students.
The Container Deposit Scheme comes as a result of a $1000 grant given by Muswellbrook Shire Council and will encourage the pupils to put all of their 10 cent recyclables in specially marked bins, which will then be cashed in for a yet to be disclosed item.
MHS is trying to figure out how best to incite students to use the new disposal system, and also how the funds can best be used to help the school itself.
While nothing is confirmed, there have been discussions surrounding new sports equipment or even a competition for an iPad.
Involvement of other community groups has also been brought up, with the school exploring all options to sort out the project’s logistics.
Muswellbrook Shire Council sustainability officer Mick Brady said he believes introducing the practice to people at a younger age could help reduce litter moving forward.
“Hopefully they’ll see the value, especially of the containers,” he explained.
“And, instead of throwing them on the ground they’ll start collecting them at home, too, and make their own money there.”
MHS teacher Narelle Smith said she was extremely thankful to the council for its help and was looking forward to educating the students on how to be environmentally friendly, which will be crucial for them, and the planet, heading into the future.