Case study: Kenmore District Kindergarten and Preschool

Built environment South East Queensland (West)

Kenmore District Kindergarten and Preschool is a not-for-profit community kindergarten about ten kilometres south-west of Brisbane. It has been caring and educating children for almost 65 years.

The kindergarten had their first ecoBiz coaching session in 2020 and became an ecoBiz Star Partner a year later in recognition of the initiatives they have in place to reduce the amount of waste sent to landfill.

Key initiatives to reduce waste

  • Using a Woolworths Junior Landcare Grant, the kindergarten purchased a worm farm. They educate children about sorting waste and how organic waste can be composted or fed to chickens.
  • Organic waste that is not placed into the worm farm is taken by staff or parents for chickens.
  • Paper towels are no longer used in the toilets. Each child has their own cloth towel, which is taken home and washed.
  • Items are reused for arts and craft activities (e.g. milk lids, egg cartons, cardboard rolls, wrapping paper, etc.).
  • Various items are collected and recycled from the school operations and families, including:
    • toothbrushes and tubes (via Terracycle)
    • bread tags (via Bread Tags for Wheelchairs to raise funds to buy wheelchairs for disadvantaged people)
    • batteries (taken to Aldi)
    • cans and plastic bottles (via Containers for Change)
    • milk bottles, yoghurt tubs, and paper (placed in the yellow-lid bin).