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Kids cleaned out

Wednesday, 2nd October, 2019

Railwaytown principal Kerry-Sue Pascoe shows where wool bales hung with $300 worth of bottles and cans. PICTURE: Emily McInerney Railwaytown principal Kerry-Sue Pascoe shows where wool bales hung with $300 worth of bottles and cans. PICTURE: Emily McInerney

By Emily McInerney

Recyclable items worth $300 have been stolen from the Railwaytown Public School after students spent all year collecting them.

Principal Kerry-Sue Pascoe said the students had been collecting plastic bottles, cans and drink cartons to sort into wool bales.

She said they had spent the better part of the year filling the bales that had now been stolen.

“The wool bales are secure behind one of our sheds. It’s all fenced in, it’s not locked so the kids can have access,” Ms Pascoe said.

“But it’s not visible from the street. You would have to know where to come.”

Mrs Pascoe said one of the teachers noticed that all the bales had gone on Friday morning, but thought another teacher may have taken them to recycle them.

“We estimate that it would have been $300 worth of goods.

“The recycling was almost ready to be cashed in.”

Mrs Pascoe said it was an initiative of “The Green Team” and each class recycled all their goods.

“The students sort their bottles and keep their food scraps to put in the compost,” she said.

“The money raised goes to buy more plants and garden supplies for the school.

“The students have spent most of the year fundraising for this.

“It’s a very dirty job and they work hard.

“This initiative is for the kids. Taking these bottles and cans is just taking from the kids.

“We’re going to have to relocate all of these to a secure area.

“We’re very conscious about litter in the school.

“It is an inconvenience as the set up was especially for the recycling.”

Mrs Pascoe said if people had any information about what happened they could contact her on 0477 319 187.

“Also if they have any plastic bottles or cans they want to donate we would really appreciate it.

“The wool bales weren’t cheap either and it would fantastic to get some more.”

Mrs Pascoe said she had reported the theft to police.

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