By Mick Jensen
A new provider has taken over the the district’s sustainability education contract.
Eco Educate, run by long-time educator Lesley Ottey, took over the contract from January 15.
The education contract was previously bundled together with running the waste recovery centre and kerbside collection, but has now been separated.
Ashburton council funds all of those services.
The education programme is focused on waste minimisation, recycling and water conservation.
Lesley Ottey said her business was about providing education that supported the reduction of waste to landfills.
She had been involved in the area for 30 years and was passionate about it.
Her company has delivered the ‘re-think education’ programme to 71 schools in the Waimakariri district for the last seven years and now presented a similar programme to 50 schools in the Ashburton district.
“The goal is to help schools set up good systems and to re-think what they do with waste.”
Most of the education would be provided in the schools themselves, but also at the Ashburton Resource Recovery Park and in its education centre, she said.
Everyone should be involved “in making a difference” to waste reduction, said Mrs Ottey.
Simple measures like clean, correct recycling, taking your own bags to the supermarket and buying more second hand goods were all positive actions that more people needed to practise.
Eco Educate has employed local Julie Nalder, a qualified teacher, to be its on-ground educator in Ashburton, and she is currently undergoing final training.
The public is invited to two workshops at the education centre on March 13.
From 10am until 11am the focus will be on smart watering and from 1pm until 2pm there will be a workshop on composting.
The workshops will be repeated on April 26.