School students leading the way

Lake Wangary School students' push to reduce the amount of waste they produce at school to just a desktop rubbish bin per class for a whole week (story, page 3) sets a great example for the wider community.

Lake Wangary is not the only school putting in a big effort to reduce its waste but it is an inspiring example.

Educating future generations is the key to any major change in the way we live our lives and students themselves are often our best teachers.

Sometimes it takes a younger perspective - without the cynicism that sometimes develops with age - to show what is possible with a bit of effort and enthusiasm.

National Recycling Week is a good time for everyone to look at what they do with the waste they produce at home and at work and think about how to reduce it.

More and more people are recycling a wider range of materials and while Wangary students are doing their bit at school many of their families are continuing this good work at home by taking their recycling into Port Lincoln because the Lower Eyre Peninsula District Council does not offer a kerbside recycling service.

The council has explored kerbside recycling services before and in the past it has been decided the community would not be willing to foot the bill because it would add a significant extra cost to the district's waste collection services.

However with public support growing, the idea is worth revisiting.

There has been a lot of news coverage about Australia's recycling crisis, with reports of recyclable materials being dumped in landfill or sitting around in warehouses because it can no longer be shipped overseas.

But that is not a good enough reason to stop doing it at a local level. Solutions will be found, innovation will continue and there needs to be systems in place at a local level to allow people to do their bit.