A Melbourne selective girls’ school is removing its rubbish bins and will force students to pack reusable lunch containers or take their rubbish home from next week.
Melbourne Girls’ College principal Karen Money hopes the move will encourage families to think more sustainably about school lunches and buy items with less packaging.
“Similar to entering a national park in Australia, the waste you take in, you are responsible for taking out,” Money said.
The school will set up a token system to reward students with prizes who use reuseable packaging.
Uneaten food will go into compost bins and the school will continue to recycle paper from classrooms and offices and offer sanitary bins in bathrooms.
Money believes Melbourne Girls’ College could be the first high school in Australia to adopt a bin ban.
A teacher at the school, Andrew Vance, said the school’s sustainability team had been consulting with parents and students on the idea for six months.
Vance teaches year 9 marine biology and students have been learning…