A new partnership between environmental charity Good360 Australia and Repurpose It, an award-winning Victorian resource recovery business, kickstarted last week with a volunteer working bee day at Lalor North Primary School.

School students were invited to join the fun and work alongside 11 staff volunteers from the North East Link Tunnel project using donated products to build a kitchen garden.

Soil and mulch were among materials donated by Repurpose It, a recycling facility based in Melbourne’s Epping, which scored two Premier’s Sustainability Awards in 2020.

In partnership with Repurpose It, Good360 Australia supports Lalor North Primary School to build a new kitchen garden. Photo: Good360 Australia/LinkedIn

“We’re beyond excited to join forces with Good360 to create positive change for the students and the community as a whole,” George Hatzimanolis, Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Repurpose It, said.

“The collaboration is a perfect match, combining our passion for sustainability with Good360’s commitment to helping local communities and will leverage the educational experience at Lalor North Primary School by providing essential resources while being mindful of the environment.

“By repurposing materials and giving goods a new purpose, we’re paving the way for a greener future for the school, inspiring the next generation to embrace the idea of a circular economy.”

North East Link staff volunteered their gardening skills to establish the garden beds at Lalor North Primary School using landscaping materials from Repurpose It. Photo: Good360 Australia/LinkedIn

Elizabeth Bryan, Principal of Lalor North Primary School said the project would help students learn about sustainability, food production and nutrition.

“We value the importance of creating opportunities for students to learn about sustainability. This project will have a strong curriculum integration with a focus on student wellbeing, collaboration and leadership; students will learn to grow, harvest, prepare and share fresh, seasonal, delicious food – forming positive food habits for life.”

Repurpose It is the latest entrant to Good360 Australia’s Circle of Good program. The charity aiming at giving new unsold products a first life to benefit people in need and the environment, receives donations of unsold products from over 50 major Australian retailers, such as Big W and Best & Less.