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Service users at Endeavour Foundation’s Learning & Lifestyle in Rosedale St, Coopers Plains are playing their part in reducing our impact on the environment and have embraced a greener routine after visiting a recycling centre.
The group visited the Towards Zero Waste centre in Rochedale and realised that they could make real changes to their surroundings and the way they live through recycling and composting.
They took back to the service all of the information they had gleaned through the hands-on exercises and put it into action.
Interested participants have adapted the indoor waste bins to replicate the outside general waste and recycle wheelie bins to promote recycling, and the woodwork group has constructed a two-section compost heap for the green waste and food scraps which produces rich soil for the garden beds.
The new worm farm is assisting with the recycling of the scraps and produces fertilizer which is helping to ensure the plants are thriving in the garden, leading to the service users growing their own organic food.
The Rosedale Learning & Lifestyle service coordinator, Chris Beaumont, says these exciting changes have been a huge learning curve for everyone.
“We can now watch the whole cycle of life take place in front of our eyes, from the decaying waste of our food scraps and garden waste to the black nutritious rich soil which we use to grow all of our healthy organic food,” he said.
“Some of our service users like John Patterson, Marc Plumb, Courtney Andrews and Patrick Dormer enjoy our new way of thinking and have assumed responsibility for many of the tasks required to keep it going.
“It’s enjoyable, educational and great fun!”
Note: Endeavour Foundation’s Learning & Lifestyle service in Rosedale Street, Coopers Plains supports 35 people with a disability, providing opportunities for people with a disability to enhance their independence, confidence, self-esteem, interaction skills and life choices.