Cleanaway recycling truck visits students at Bray Park’s AEIOU Foundation

There was plenty of smiles at Bray Park’s AEIOU Foundation when Cleanaway and Moreton Bay Regional Council’s recycling truck pulled in last month.


AEIOU Foundation is a leading provider of early intervention for children with autism who are aged two to six years.


This is the second year the recycling truck has visited the AEIOU Foundation at Bray Park, giving students the opportunity to see all the workings of the recycling truck.


Council’s spokesperson for Waste Services, Councillor Peter Flannery, said it was great to see the students enthused and excited to learn about recycling and how council’s recycling truck functioned.


“Council is thrilled the students had the opportunity to see and understand how council’s recycling truck operates through wheelie bin lifts and be given an up close and personal experience in the driver’s seat of the recycling truck,” Cr Flannery said.


“By teaching students about how the recycling truck works it will also inspire them to incorporate recycling techniques in their everyday school routine.


“Many schools in our region have been inspired to adopt sustainable practices, such as recycling collection programs or processing their organic waste onsite using compost or worm farms.”


Cr Flannery said council supported a range of recycling events during the year such as Clean Up Australia Day, National Recycling Week and offered free recycling workshops.


AEIOU Foundation Bray Park Centre Manager Brigitte Pernusch said she was delighted council had offered this experience to facilitate the community experience.


“The children we care for at AEIOU are like any children – they are fascinated with how things work and are absolutely thrilled with seeing the recycle truck up close, learning how it works and even being able to hop into the cabin,” Ms Pernusch said.


“Part of our curriculum is helping children access the community and to understand the environment and how to care for it.


“We regularly provide opportunities to learn about our community helpers, and this visit fits perfectly within that framework.”


Between 2016 and 2017 wheelie bins were emptied at 156,987 Moreton Bay Regional properties.


The stats:


  • 33,700 tonnes were collected for recycling from residents, businesses and public place recycling bins
  • Between the household recycling collection service and the recycling and recovery at Council Waste Facilities, Council recovered 50 per cent of the 358,000 tonnes of waste generated in the Moreton Bay Region
  • Recyclable household packaging (cardboard, glass, plastic, aluminium and steel), paper and cardboard are sorted and sent for reprocessing locally, interstate and overseas
  • Other items that are placed incorrectly into the recycling bins, do end up in landfill as they are not able to be separated into the specific material types required, or are too large to be sorted through the standard electronic, mechanical and manual sorting processes.


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