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OFFICEWORKS #ECOHEROES CHALLENGE

The winners of our Officeworks #EcoHeroes Challenge have been announced!

Officeworks and TerraCycle recently teamed up to reward local #ECOHEROES in high schools and universities across Australia. Congrats to everyone who entered - it was a tough choice!

We're excited to announce the winners of the challenge (from left to right) and share their stories:

Sandgate District State High School, QLD

The Environmental Committee of Sandgate Distract State High School are painting boxes yellow for a new Paper Recycling Project. The project aims to educate the students and staff at Sandgate High to correctly recycle their waste. By painting them a bright yellow, students can relate that with the word 'recycling' and put their leftover paper in the bin. The Environmental Committee hopes to turn some of the recycled paper into Literacy Journals for the school.

As well as the Paper Recycling Project, Sandgate High's Environmental Committee has also done other projects in the past year including the Rainforest Project and the Turn It Off Campaign. In the Rainforest Project, students planted over 50 trees over the course of a month. In the Turn It Off Campaign, posters were placed in every classroom reminding students and staff to turn off the lights/fans/air-conditioning after leaving the classroom to reduce the schools carbon footprint.

St Ignatius College, NSW

The environment team on our staff at St Ignatius are very conscious of wanting to be a zero waste school. The environment team has worked with the maintenance staff to build a terracycle recycling station for the staff room, four brigades of waste are collected. We have in the past held drives for toothbrush and related products. There is a buzz around the school that we can be a zero waste school.

Merici College, ACT

This is our sustainability team, SAM, showcasing how we eliminate the idea of waste at our school. We are sitting in our school's organic kitchen garden, which grows food for the school canteen and reduces our ecological footprint. In 2011 we helped to get a grant for the school to have our three-bin recycling system, seen in the front of the picture. This helps us to increase and improve recycling habits around the school to produce less waste. In our garden we have chickens, which some students are holding in the picture. We feed food scraps to the chickens, which turns food from waste into energy for animals. We also have green compost bins, like the one Naomi is holding, in the canteen and the staffroom. We collect food scraps in these and make compost which is a great fertiliser for our garden beds.

Each winner gets a TerraCycle prize pack, which includes a Pens, Pencils and Markers Zero Waste box thanks to Officeworks.

Special mention to the following schools who will each receive a Zero Waste Box and 100 bonus TerraCycle points:

Methodist Ladies' College, WA

Perth Modern School, WA

Iona Presentation College, WA

John Curtin College of the Arts, WA

Ruyton Girls' School, VIC

Mount Waverley Secondary College, VIC

Mater Christi College, VIC

Nossal High School, VIC

Cobden Technical School, VIC

Hervey Bay Special School, QLD

Aspley Special School, QLD

Pennant Hills High, NSW