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Waste delegates go back to classroom

3 November 2004

Waste delegates go back to classroom

Delegates at a national waste management conference will get a taste of what Auckland schoolchildren learn every day at Waitakere City’s Waste Minimisation Learning Centre.

The Waste Management Institute New Zealand’s 16th annual conference will bring delegates from both the private and public sector to a classroom lesson and a tour of the Waitakere City Recycling and Transfer Station at the Concourse. Waitakere Transfer Station is the only one in the Auckland region to be owned by a council.

The Waitakere Learning Centre has been introducing schoolchildren to hands-on waste minimisation methods since 1999, including basic composting and worm farming.

Waste Minimisation officer Rowan Stenberg-Calder explains aspects of waste to four and a half thousand children from all over the Auckland region every year.

The delegates will sample a classroom situation in the Waitakere Learning Centre on Tuesday 9 November from 9.30am to noon.

After sitting cross-legged in the classroom floor, the delegates will tour the Station’s recycling and transfer areas, including the Vertical Compost Unit and the hazardous waste area.

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