The Regional District of Nanaimo will partner on a zero waste education program once again this coming school year with school districts 68 and 69.
The program began in 2020 and involves participating classrooms learning about and implementing zero waste initiatives. Though some pivots had to be made to the program last year due to COVID-19, students carried out a number of activities including promoting and making reusable food containers like beeswax wraps and cutlery, removing garbage cans from classrooms, purchasing sewing machines to practice repurposing and reusing textiles and purchasing compost containers and vermicomposters (worm composting systems).
A call will go out in September for schools to participate. All interested schools will be included, according to RDN solid waste staff. In the 2020-21 school year, nine schools within the regional district participated. Gabriola Elementary was not a participant last year.
The RDN board approved $70,000 to go toward running the program, the same amount allocated last year.
Rachelle Stein-Wotten, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Gabriola Sounder