9 Sep 2021

Zero Waste Initiatives Continue

A letter from the WANBO team who explain their goals for the year.

WANBO intends to build on last year’s success with a wider series of initiatives. This year is crucial for Island School’s Green Group. It is important we maximise our current initiatives and take them to Borrett Road with us.

As such we wanted to remind you about several of our zero waste initiatives and how students and parents can get involved.

Food and beverage cartons – These will be collected and sent to Mil Mill, the first pulp mill and education centre that recycles these beverage cartons in Hong Kong. This will be converted into paper pulp and turned into toilet paper, which we will then use at school.

So rather than throwing these types of waste away at home, please can they be washed and cleaned before being brought into school to be recycled. See how to clean and prepare your cartons at this link – cartons instructions. Students can then put the white and silver carton’s in the correctly designated bins. These can be found at the entrance to the school on the Tai Wai campus and at the bottom of the stairs in the covered areas on the ground floor at the Sha Tin Wai campus.

Plastic Waste – Type 2 (HDPE) and Type 5 (PP) plastics will be collected, shredded, melted and then extruded into different moulds to produce items such as benches for the local community, lamps and other useful items for daily life. All of this will take place within the school by our very own Circular IS team and our Design & Technology Department.

Polystyrene – This will be collected and then with the collaboration of our Science Department dissolve it in a mixture of D-Limonene, lecithin and water. After an hour, the solution becomes usable glue, which will be bottled to use in school.

Island School recycling station


We will send out recruitment forms soon. We hope that you will join and support us in taking, environmental and sustainability, action.

For more regular updates and announcements on the project, as well as opportunities for students to get involved in WANBO’s initiatives, please email your campus WANBO Leaders.

Shatin Wai: kimberley.ng@online.island.edu.hk or ethan.yap@online.island.edu.hk

Tai Wai: clement.kwan@online.island.edu.hk, ginny.park@online.island.edu.hk or hannah.wu@online.island.edu.hk You can follow our Instagram page @iswanbo too!