Joey and his son Martin have enjoyed being part of KU Chatswood Community Preschool’s community compost system.

What inspired your family to get involved in this program?

One day, when I went to pick Martin up from KU, he asked me to start collecting food scraps. He didn't know much about composting at first, but the program encouraged him to do something friendly for our country and our planet, which was clearly on his mind. Over time, and as he got more involved, he began to realise the importance of garbage classification.

Martin and his close friends at KU have created some sort of competition between them which means they see who brings the most food scraps every week. So, Martin supervises his mother and me to collect scraps all day!

How has being involved changed your family’s habits?

There has been a significant change in our life. Because of this compost project, we now have a specific bin for food scraps that is separate to the council red, yellow and green bins. When it is full, we take it to KU Chatswood’s community compost bin.

Martin told me he felt quite encouraged because he knows he is doing something good for the environment. Additionally, Martin started to avoid wasting food when he noticed the unnecessary food scraps.

What was the most surprising thing to happen as a result of being involved?

Martin’s maturity. Because of his age, I don't expect Martin to do everything in an adult way. But I'm surprised how much he knows about being environmentally friendly and protecting our planet.

I admit that learning about the environment is not easy for children. I admire how KU Chatswood Community Preschool gets the children involved in this compost program instead of teaching them with hard-to-understand literature. It’s impressive and efficient.

We would like to say thank you to all the teachers at KU.