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Awarded for invisible footprint

ZERO is not a low mark when it applies to the Christian Community Junior
School and the Pet Porpoise Pool.

The pool and the school have both achieved a zero carbon footprint for waste
to landfill for the 2010-2011 year and received trophies and certificates for
their work from Handybin Waste Services, which operates the Coffs Coast’s
recycling and waste processing centres.

The regional manager of Handybin, Lee Beckett, congratulated the recipients
on their efforts.

“We applaud them both on their innovation and on the practical steps they
have taken to contribute to a cleaner environment,” he said.

The environmental manager for Handybin, Darryn Westman, said the Pet Porpoise
Pool and Christian Community Junior School were the first organisations in the
region, if not the state, to be recognised for such an achievement.

He said implementing a best-practice waste system was one simple way to
reduce harmful CO2 emissions.

“By using the three-bin waste system, businesses are better able to reduce
the amount of waste they send to landfill and maximise recycling.

The head of Christian Community’s Junior School, Margaret Pratley, said from
kindergarten, students were encouraged to care for the environment and separate
their waste.

Pet Porpoise Pool marketing manager Angela Van Den Bosch said waste education
had been incorporated into their shows, with sea lions showing guests and
visitors how to recycle their plastic bottles and even which bin to put them
in.

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