Gateway Gazette

Westmount School in Okotoks Conducts Waste Audit

Last year, Westmount School in Okotoks was the first Canadian School to participate in “Green Apple Day of Service” – a global movement, which gives students, teachers, parents, companies and local organizations the opportunity to transform schools into healthy, safe and productive learning environments through local service projects.
This year, the Grade 4 classes are leading a school-wide education program to raise awareness and engage students and staff in Westmount’s waste reduction program. They will be conducting a Waste Audit.

Currently in Alberta, the ratio of garbage that enters the landfill vs. recyclable materials is 80-20.  The ratio at Westmount is closer to 40-60.  The purpose of the audit is to gauge Westmount’s success at cutting in half the amount of garbage destined for the landfill in  to achieve their goal of 20-80​.
For more information, please contact teacher Karen McWhirter at or 403-995-4824.
To view their recent audit please click here: Waste Audit Results
Westmount School Waste Audit


Related Articles

1 Comment

Avarage Rating:
  • 0 / 10
  • Molly , September 29, 2014 @ 2:07 pm

    I hope they include the carbon output of the hundreds of idling cars that sit outside the school every morning and afternoon in their waste audit. And compare it to the benefits of walking, biking & taking the bus. Then use their measurements to encourage the school and parents to truly take action & stop polluting the air around their own school. Go green – give up the gas!

Leave a Reply